Botanical Name: Artemisia pallens
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Characteristics: Davana, Artemisia pallens – is a small Indian herb with the attractive silver-green leaves that so often characterizes the genus. When distilled it yields a dark reddish brown oil that is sweet and fruity. The oil pours easily and ages extremely well under ideal storage. Perhaps because it is an Asian herb it is not as common in western aroma therapy as are the oils native to Europe and the Americas. While this appears to be changing, a part of this oils inability to mainstream is caused by dishonest and frequently clumsy attempts to pass off adulterated oils. There have also been safety concerns regarding ketones in the oil that could act as abortive neurotoxins. The threshold and toxicity levels have not been identified. It is doubtful the dangerous levels would be an issue in reasonable blends using small percentages.
In Ayurveda tradition Davana is mentioned as a treatment for wet cough.
As previously stated the oil is beautiful and therefore in small volumes it can add stunning complexity to natural perfumes and healing blends without ruining the bottom line. It is agreed that in aroma therapy attractiveness is not the main point but it is possible to naturally both improve the patient’s organoleptic experience and achieve the healing objectives. Obviously a healer’s sense of integrity demands efficacy in blends. Davana, if used wisely does not sacrifice a healer’s honesty or pocketbook. A little will go a long way.
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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg