The health benefits of Davana Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-depressant, antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant, emenagogue, expectorant, relaxant, and vulnerary substance.
The Essential Oil of Davana is extracted by the steam distillation of flowers of the Davana plant. This plant is botanically known as Artemisia Pallens and has been in use in India for religious purposes since time immemorial. There, the fresh flowers of Davana are offered to Lord Shiva, perhaps as a token of recognition of its medicinal properties. The chief components of Davana Essential Oil are a ketone called davanone, linalool, a few terpenoids and davana ether.
Let us now share some of its medicinal properties and see how we can benefit from them.
Health Benefits of Davana Essential Oil
Antiviral: This oil builds up effective protection against viral attacks. It ruptures the protective covering of viruses, called the cyst, and thereby kills the virus. It cures viral infections such as cough & cold, influenza, and measles, among others.
Antidepressant: Davana Essential Oil fights depression through relaxation. It also reduces blood pressure in cases of anxiety and stress in order to give relief from symptoms associated with stress and depression. This oil induces mental peace, positive energy, spiritualism, and even helps to recover from the after-effects of shock, trauma, disappointment, and various personal failures. This property can also be employed for the mental rehabilitation of patients suffering from depression.
Antiseptic: Davana essential oil fights infections that cause septic of internal and external wounds, urinary tracts, urethra, kidneys, and other body parts. It also provides protection against conditions like tetanus. This should be applied without delay in mild concentrations in cases of cuts and wounds, particularly from iron objects or dirty abrasives.
Disinfectant: This powerful essential oil fights infections from bacteria, microbes, fungi, and viruses and helps cure infectious diseases. If used in fumigants, sprays, or vapourizers, it disinfects the whole area and makes it free from microbes. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Davana flowers are used during religious worship.
Emenagogue: It also opens up blocked menstruation and makes periods regular. It is good for curing menstrual spasm. It also eases pain associated with menses and gives relief from other symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, pelvic pain, and cramps.
Expectorant: The Essential Oil of Davana loosens up tough coughs and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tracts and makes breathing easier. It relieves congestion and reduces coughs, while also treating other problems such as headache and pain in the joints that are often associated with having a cold.
Relaxant: The Essential Oil of Davana relaxes contractions in muscles and blood vessels, while also having a relaxing effect on the brain and the nervous system, thus fighting anxiety, stress, depression, and anger. This helps you get a good sleep as well.
Vulnerary: This property of Davana Essential Oil helps to heal wounds faster and protects them from infections.
Other Benefits: This oil also has mild vermifuge and insect repellant properties. It also shows hypotensive properties and brings down blood pressure.
A Few Words of Caution: This oil is not toxic, but it can cause irritations and should therefore be avoided by pregnant women.
Blending: Davana Essential Oil blends with most of the Citrus, Spicy and Woody Essential Oils such as neroli, geranium, grapefruit, cedar wood, caraway, coriander, and chamomile essential oils.