SandalwoodSandalwood trees have been cultivated since antiquity for their ceremonial and ritual use. This is the wood used in King Solomon's temple. In powdered form, sandalwood creates the paste that is applied to make Brahmin caste marks. It is considered an auspicious wood.

Beads made from this fragrant heartwood bring a sensory element to meditation, reminding us that sitting in thought or prayer need not be austere but can be deeply pleasurable. You may find that simply inhaling the aroma of your sandalwood beads can help you return to that quietness.

Dharma Beads: Making and Using Your Own Buddhist Malas
Joanna Arettam (2000) Journey Editions; Tuttle Publishing