For centuries, essential oils have been used as natural treatments for both physical and psychological conditions. As a common aspect of Oriental medicine, the type of oil chosen would be based on the patient’s situation. Nowadays, essential oils are viewed as part of holistic medical treatments in Western society and have several health benefits. This article will discuss davana essential oil looking at its history, current use, and benefits.
History of Davana Essential Oil
Regarded as one of the most fragrant essential oils, davana oil has its roots set deeply in Ayurvedic culture. While it was initially used in traditional Indian medicinal treatments, this type of essential oil began growing in demand across the globe. Davana earned a special spot in the hearts of perfumers and florists starting in the mid 20th century; particularly in the USA and Japan as a flavor ingredient in baked goods, beverages, and tobacco products.1
This extremely aromatic essential oil has a sweet, boozy fruit odor and is extracted from the davana plant using steam distillation. It is distilled from the leaves, stem, and yellow flowers with the oil result being pale yellow to reddish gold in color. The strength of the sweet aroma is tenacious and potent so only a small amount is needed in applications for perfumery or aromatherapy. Davana blends well with rose, mandarin, vanilla, and frankincense; therefore, it was highly sought after as a fragrance in Indian culture. Of course, the oil has many other health benefits and was used for medical purposes.
Chemical Components of Davana Oil
The davana oil is comprised of a primary ketone known as davanone and several other essential elements including the following:2
- davana ether
- ethyl cinnamate
All of these components contribute to its unique medical applications and fragrance. As a naturalistic treatment, davana oil has been known to help in the following ways:3
Applications and Advantages of Davana Essential Oil
Protection Against Viruses
One of the greatest benefits of davana as an essential oil is that it can act as a preventative method for physical conditions. This means that the oil has been known to help protect the body against viruses using its antiviral properties.
Traditional Use as an Aphrodisiac
Davana was used in traditional Ayurvedic medicinal formulations as an aphrodisiac and mood elevator. Some of this was likely due to its special scent when worn as a perfume with other commonly used fragrant oils – like rose and frankincense. This also may have something to do with the way it works for women’s discomfort around menstruation. Davana was used in India for treating uterine and ovarian cysts, which is also something that would have been associated with helping fertility and promoting positive outcomes.
Operating as an Emmenagogue
The davana oil can be highly advantageous for women who are experiencing problems with menstruation. This is due to the fact that it has the ability to ‘open up’ any blocked menstruation and regulate the menstrual cycles. The oil is also helpful in treating menstrual cramps or pains providing relief from this type of spasm. It can also offer relief from pelvic pain, nausea, and fatigue associated with menstruation.4
This type of essential oil is useful as a disinfectant, helping to alleviate viruses, bacteria, fungi, and microbes from the area to treat infectious diseases. It is common for people to use davana oil in sprays, and fumigants, as it helps to disinfect the area freeing it from any damaging microbes. This is potentially one of the reasons why the davana flower is used for religious worship and placed around the home in Indian culture.
Using its properties as an expectorant, davana essential oil is able to assist with loosening phlegm deposits in the respiratory system; thereby removing any tough coughs persisting in the lungs. This is beneficial as it helps to ease the breath and clears congested coughs. Of course, it can also help to treat other problems that are typically associated with a cold including headaches and joint pains.5
Relaxing the Body
Operating as a relaxant, davana oil can assist in relaxing contracted muscles and blood vessels. Many people opt to use this essential oil as a sleeping agent to help improve the quality and regularity of their sleeping patterns.
Speeds Up Healing
In addition to assisting with healing wounds, evidence has found that application of the davana oil can speed up the process. When applied in mild concentrations, this essential oil can increase the rate at which the body heals an abrasion, cut, or treatment from an ailment.
Promoting Healthy Skin
Utilizing the essential oils natural antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, davana oil is able to promote healthy skin. Application of the oil as a topical lotion can provide the skin with an organic boost and treat different skin conditions including eczema, acne or psoriasis. Furthermore, the antioxidant properties of the oil can assist with rejuvenation of the skin and slow down the appearance of aging.
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How To Use Davana
There are different methods available to use davana essential oil, including the following:6
The first, and one of the most common, methods used to apply davana oil is via a diffuser. This is highly beneficial when choosing to treat respiratory conditions, psychological problems, and to repel insects from the area. You can also enjoy its properties via a personal aromatherapy device, which is like a smaller, portable version of a room diffuser. MONQ® offers a blend with davana called “Love”.
Application On the Skin
Another option for application is via a massage treatment or on the skin with topical application. It is important that davana oil is diluted; therefore, add a few drops to a tablespoon of coconut oil or unscented lotion before rubbing into your skin. Topical blends are often used for healing infected spots on the skin or as the aromatic portion of a massage to further encourage relaxation.
Food and Beverage Ingredient
One of the most traditional uses of this essential oil is as an ingredient in beverages or baked goods. While it is not recommended that one ingest essential oils, the davana oil is an exception when a small amount is combined properly in baked goods or beverages.
A Perfume Ingredient
Another traditional method of applying davana oil is as an ingredient in fragrances. Due to the strong fruity and sweet odor, davana oil is ideal as an element in many perfumes. The application via perfume is ideal to ‘sink’ into the skin and act as an enticing, romantic aroma.
Where To Find Davana Essential Oil
Typically, this type of essential oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the davana plant native to India. The extraction is done using steam distillation where water vapor or steam separates the aromatic oil from the plant material.
The plant’s cultivation was once very focused on making garlands for adornment and secondarily to extract the oil. The crop can be harvested during the third month after planting seeds for creating garlands; however, it needs to be left to flower in order to extract davana oil.
Cultivation of this fine and well-loved herb was once primarily in India, however, it is now possible to find davana plants in different countries including the USA. This is due to a changing system and the use of advanced technology for cultivation of the seedlings.
Plants are generally harvested in the summer, when the flowers are in full bloom, to make the essential oil. The oil is growing in demand, so the price has increased by farmers and manufacturers.
While farmers may grow the davana plant, the essential oil extraction and various products that contain it are carried out by manufacturers. Thanks to the rise in internet commerce one can easily find davana essential oil online for sale from several manufacturers. On average, the price can range from $20 to $100 depending on the amount of oil, its level of purity, and whether it is diluted or not.
Here is an essential oil recipe you can create at home with other ingredients you are likely to have on hand. Use this blend to relax the body and mind. The ingredients to be combined include the following: