Sandalwood is known for its cool fragrance and aroma. It is used for cooling the Pitta body-mind type and especially helpful to individuals who are prone to stress. Ayurvedic practitioners use sandalwood as a tonic to soothe nervous excitement.

Each morning for five days, lie on your back and place a single drop of sandalwood essential oil in your navel. Breathe deeply and let the scent of sandalwood help you to release any tension you may be feeling. Focus on your breathing, relax and clear your mind. Think cooling thoughts. Releasing tension in this way will improve your mood, boost your intelligence and make you more productive.

Sandalwood essential oil is available at most health food stores.