Saro Essential Oil

Type of plant: Evergreen tree growing up to 20 feet high with long, oval-shaped, glossy, fragrant leaves, small yellow flowers that bud directly from the branches, and seed-bearing fruits

Part used: Leaves

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: This tree grows largely on the western side of the large island of Madagascar and is used in traditional medicine. Its many health benefits are reflected in the names given to it locally, such as the “tree that keeps illness away” or “overcomes all difficulties.” Along with its uses for specific conditions, saro is used as a general tonic as well as having an antipoison effect.

Principal place of production: Madagascar

When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a warm, green, medicinal, slightly lemony, floral aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antifungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, expectorant, immunostimulant, mucolytic, restorative

Therapeutic uses: Bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, colds, influenza, sinusitis, muscular pain, muscular injury, cellulite, wounds, abscesses, physical exhaustion

Blends well with: Cinnamon leaf, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavandin, lemongrass, lime, myrtle, patchouli, thyme linalol, turmeric

Precautionary advice: Best avoided during pregnancy