While I was hibernating between Samhain and Yule, one of the things I did manage to work on was my herbal studies. I’ll be writing more about that in the future; it’s a lot more complex and interesting than I had anticipated. But for now, I’d like to appeal to my readership to help me navigate an ethical dilemma that I have just become aware of.
According to online sources, both true sandalwood (also called white sandalwood) and red sandalwood are endangered because of over harvesting for the incense market. I’m willing to stop using sandalwood entirely if I have to, but I’ve seen some stories that there may be sustainable sandalwood production based out of Australia. The problem is that I haven’t, yet, been able to find out whether my favorite incense maker, Morning Star, uses sustainable sources, or to find any supplier who deals in only sustainably-sourced sandalwood.
So I thought I’d turn to the wisdom of the crowd: can anyone give me advice about sustainably-sourced sandalwood?