(Osyris wightiana, native to Nepal)
This is one of the genuine types
of aromatic sandalwood and is native to Nepal. Reportedly, it is
difficult to tell any difference in grain or color between this sandalwood
and East Indian sandalwood, which is generally illegal for export from
India in solid wood form. The scent of the two woods seem slightly different.
Nepal sandalwood aroma is a little less earthy but more ethereal than Indian
sandalwood, in our opinion. If you've only experienced
the East Indian type, we strongly recommend you give the Nepal type a try.
Note that pink sandalwood is the same wood but has no noticeable sandalwood
scent. While native to Nepal, the pieces sold below were grown on a plantation
in Tanzania for many years which had to be removed. No wild sandalwood
trees in Nepal were harmed to produce this wood. Caution: This wood
or the wood incense dust sold below is not for ingestion or medicinal use
and is not sold for that purpose. This is a hard wood with a very
fine grain, and is excellent for woodworking, ornamental turning, and carving
because the fine grain allows for very small details without breakage. The wood is dry and ready for use.
incense safely with flame-proof containers. Attend burning incense
at all times. Powder may contain trace amounts of other wood types.