How To Use Davana Essential Oil

Davana essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of the Artemisia pallens shrub. It is native to India, and has a very rich, sweet, fruity aroma. To me, it smells a touch like sweet alcohol.

About Davana Essential Oil

Davana is high in a ketone called cis-davanone, which is responsible for the sweet, fruity aroma. It is also high in Bicyclogermacrene and linalool. In studies, davana tested highly efficient against bacteria like E. coli, K. pneumoniae, Salmonella enterica and Candida albicans.

Ketones in general are calming and sedative, mucolyptic, expectorant, analgesic, digestive, and encourage wound healing. Because the oil is so high in ketones, it may hold some of these properties.

Davana is part of Ayurvedic medicine and it’s main purpose is to balance the three Doshas, or energies, in the body and spirit. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to balancing health and wellness and is thousands of years old. Davana tinctures are often used in Indian folk medicine to support diabetes. Researchers tested some tinctures on mice and found it significantly lowered blood-glucose levels.

It’s main use today is to enhance fine, expensive, high-end perfumes. As an adaptogen, davana smells and reacts differently to each person, making it a great essential oil to add to the mix.

Safety & Precautions

The Artemisia plants belong to the daisy family. but they contain many of the riskier plants that we tend not use. Plants like mugwort and wormwood. But davana doesn’t have any contraindications or safety precautions.

How To Use Davana Essential Oil

Skin Care

Add a few drops to your cleanser, serum, or moisturizer for healthy skin. The high level of ketones and bacterial action in this oil make it a lovely skin addition.

DIY Face Serum

  • 2 tbsp rosehip seed oil
  • 5 drops Carrot Seed oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense oil
  • 5 drops Rose oil
  • 5 drops Davana oil

Combine together and apply freshly washed face. Gently massage in.

Nervous System & Moods

Add the essential oil to bath salts, the diffuser, or in a daily massage to calm the nervous system, soothe frayed emotions and nerves. Simply inhaling from the hands, the bottle, or a nasal inhaler will provide the psychological impact and help the emotional brain.

DIY Massage Oil

  • 4 tbsp grapeseed carrier oil
  • 30 to 60 drops ylang ylang oil
  • 30 to 60 drops davana oil
  • Pump bottle

Combine oils, and gently swirl to mix. Pump on to hands and massage body. This is an excellent self-care routine post-bath with your DIY salts.


This oil is a classic selection in the perfume industry. You can make your own custom and couture perfume with authentic essential oils. This oil works well for men’s cologne as well. In fact, our favourite men’s Shutran line contains davana along with other botanicals. It is yummy!

DIY Perfume

  • 20 ml 80 proof vodka
  • 8 drops jasmine oil
  • 4 drops davana oil
  • 6 drops lime oil
  • 1 tsp distilled water
  • 2 ounce glass spray bottle

Combine ingredients. Gently swirl to mix. Test the smell. Add more where needed. Allow the perfume to rest for 5-7 days before using. Use as desired and re-apply.

If you’ve used davana before, let us know in the comments. Whats your favourite use?

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