As you journey forwards with your aromatherapy knowledge, we’re bound to come across new and exotic sounding essential oils, such as Davana, Manuka, and Palo Santo.
What plants does Davana essential oil come from? How would you use your bottle of Palo Santo?
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In this article, I’m going to dive into these questions. I’ll introduce you to 3 beautiful, fun, exotic essential oils.
How Come You’re Calling Them “Exotic”?
The classification of “exotic” is of course completely arbitrary. It’s simply what I feel are exotic sounding oils.
However, I’d like to point out that this label of “exotic” is somewhat supported by the fact that the uses and benefits of these oils are not as well-known as your more “standard” oils. I think that’s a fair statement. And by “standard” oils, I mean the “easier” ones. The ones that come in a beginner’s kit.
No starter kit includes Davana essential oil… yet most of them include Lavender or Tea Tree.
The “exotic” essential oils we’ll be looking at are:
- Davana essential oil
- Manuka essential oil
- Palo Santo essential oil
Davana Essential Oil
Davana essential oil is steam distilled from the Artemisia pallens plant native to India. The plants are commercially cultivated and reach maturity in about 4 months after seed planting.
Davna plants stand out for their sweet and fragrant leaves and flowers. Wikipedia reveals that “When applied on the skin, Davana is said to smell differently on different persons. This peculiar property is highly valued in high class perfumery to create fragrances with truly individual notes” (1).
What is Davana Essential Oil Good For?
Blending Davana Essential Oil
With its strong (but pleasant!) fruity top-note aroma, Davana pairs well with Bergamot, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Jasmine, Mandarin, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Tangerine, Vanilla and Ylang Ylang.
Manuka Essential Oil
Manuka oil is steam distilled from the Leptospermum scopariumI shrubs native to Australia and New Zealand. When we say “shrub”, the plant is actually typically between 7-16 ft tall and can commonly be confused with tea tree (3).
How Would You Use It?
Keeping in mind the close relation to Tea Tree, Manuka essential oil uses mainly focus on skin care applications as well. Use it for better hair health, treating acne or blackheads, and soothing red, inflamed areas or itchiness.
Traditional uses of Manuka include steam inhalation for head colds, compresses for reducing fever, and relief from stiff muscles and aching joints (4). There isn’t enough information available to make a decision on whether or not this oil is ok to use around children. Air on the side of caution and avoid it around your youngsters!
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Manuka is sweet, calming and has a fairly smooth and soothing aroma. It’s not strong and pungent like for example Ginger or Black Pepper. Pair it with Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Tea Tree or Thyme.
Palo Santo Essential Oil
Palo Santo is steam distilled from Bursera graveolens, a wild tree native to a variety of countries in South America. Translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means “holy tree”. The tree belongs to the same plant family as Frankincense and Myrrh.
How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil
Traditional Palo Santo essential oil uses are closely related to religious applications similar to those of Frankincense and Myrrh. The wooden scent of Palo Santo applies itself well in spiritual rituals, cleansing incense, and burning sticks.
Palo Santo essential oil is still most commonly applied for spiritual cleansing (“smudging”), for support during meditation, or to re-focus the energies in your home in a positive way by diffusing it in your aromatherapy diffuser.
Palo Santo Blends Well With…
Palo Santo essential oil blends well with Amyris, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Clove Bud, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Sweet Orange and Vanilla CO2. It is NOT rated safe for children so please avoid it when the littles are around.
Where to Buy These Exotic Essential Oils?
Most well-established and reputable essential oil brands will also stock these out-of-the-ordinary essential oils. If you’re looking at a brand website that doesn’t offer these oils, perhaps consider shopping with a different oil company.
Reason being – by now, it’s “fairly easy” to source and distribute the basic essential oils. The oils market has exploded so big that many buyers or sellers have seen the business opportunity and are trying to enter it under their own name.
I’m not against small business start-ups; however, when it comes to the health of my family and home, I do not trust just about anyone. I like to research my brand of essential oils and make sure I am buying something that I can ethically support, and that is ethically produced, and that is the real deal.
If your essential oil company of choice doesn’t have a full assortment of oils available, including some of these more exotic sounding oils, they simply haven’t been around long enough to be an established essential oil brand. You can of course still choose to trust them for your oil purchases – that is absolutely your choice. It’s just something to consider; and I wanted to give a little background into my own way of thinking.
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Exotic-sounding essential oils are no more – and no less – powerful or useful than their more common cousins such as Lavender or Tea Tree. They will require a little bit of additional time to research and get used to, but once you’ve ordered some bottles, you’ll be excited to jump in and try them in your DIY recipes.
Most exotic essential oils will not be included in a starter kit or sale set so you’ll have to shop for them individually.
I hope you’ll try out some of these possibly new-to-you essential oils, and enjoy their luxurious, exciting and fun addition to your aromatherapy home.
To your well-being,
- Davana Artemisia pallens (Wikipedia) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_pallens
- Plant Therapy Davana Essential Oil Description – https://www.planttherapy.com/davana-essential-oil
- 8 Surprising Benefits of Davana Essential Oil – https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-davana-essential-oil.html
- Plant Therapy Manuka Essential Oil Description – https://www.planttherapy.com/manuka-essential-oil?v=1651
- Manuka Leptospermum scoparium (Wikipedia) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptospermum_scoparium