Davana Oil










Davana oil is used in the making of high quality perfumes and cosmetics. It’s also widely used in the food industries, flavoring tobacco, pastries and some beverages.


The davana plant has been used for various religious purposes and has been traditionally offered to Lord Shiva. Each day, in India, the faithful offer Davana blossoms to Shiva. The flowers remain on his altar throughout the day and are removed in the evening. Traditionally, the flowers lend their intoxicating fragrance to garlands, floral decorations, and bouquets. It’s also used in traditional Ayurvedic medicinal preparations.


Young Indian Girl with Hennaed Hands, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Young Indian Girl with Hennaed Hands, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Botanical Name - Artemisia pallens

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Unopened flowers and stems

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Fruity, blueberry, and sweet with moss tone (like the forest floor). Davana oil is difficult to describe because it's capable of smelling very different on each person.

Color - pale yellow to yellowish brown clear

Largest Producing Countries - India

Traditional Use - Davana is popular in the perfume industry where it's capable of making a scent unique to the individual. It also has some history in aromatherapy as being a fantastic aphrodisiac and as an agent to combat anxiety.

Properties - Anti-infectious, aphrodisiac, calmative, emollient, mucolytic, nervine, and stimulating to the endocrine system.

Benefits - Anxiety, calming, coughing attacks with thick ropelike mucous, and dry skin.

Blends Well With - Amyris, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile (all), jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spikenard, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, and ylang ylang.

Safety DataDavana oil is not toxic however it can cause irritations. This oil should be avoided during pregnancy.


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The Taj Mahal at Night with Bright Full Moon

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