SANDALWOOD VS HERPES

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HERBAL CLIPPINGS

The essential oil of sandalwood (Santalum album) inhibited herpes simplex virus, especially HSV-1, from replicating but did not directly kill them in a laboratory test. The researchers assume that sandalwood helps the cells protect themselves by modulating the liver' s gluthatione S-tranferase and levels of acid-soluble sulphydryl. The oil produced no toxic effects. Sandalwood is 90% santolol, with some hydrocarbons and aldehydes.

Benecia, F., and M.C. Courreges,. 1999. Antiviral activity of sandalwood oil against Herpes simplex viruses. Phytomedicine 6:119-23.

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