Essential Oil of the Month: Davana to Please Shiva!

Artemisia pallens, Dhavanam (Tamil: மரிக்கொழுந்து, தவணம், Marathi: दवणा), is an aromatic herb.  Seen mostly grown in India.  Davana is a preferred food for the larvae of a number of butterfly species.

Artemisia pallens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Artemisia
Species: A. pallens
Binomial name
Artemisia pallens
Wall. ex DC.

Davana oil is used in making perfumes of sweet and fruity fragrances. When applied on the skin, Davana is said to smell differently on different people making it difficult to describe the scent. The feedback tends to alternate between masculine floral scents through to a woodsy, balsamic odor.

Note: Middle or Base

This peculiar property is highly valued in high class perfumery to create fragrances with truly individual notes. It has a very rich, penetrating, warm, uniquely herbaceous aroma. Davana is also used for fighting infections and calming anger.

Davana blossoms are offered to Shiva, the God of Transformation, by the faithful, and decorate his altar throughout the day.

 

 

Properties: Antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, disinfectant, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, sedative, vulnerary

Blends Well With: Amyris, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, spikenard, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang

 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

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