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Saro Essential Oil

Benefits and Uses of Saro Essential Oil

Saro might not be the most popular essential oil out there, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. It has a strong medicinal aroma with just a hint of citrus. In addition to helping boost your immune system and helping clear your airways, it’s also uplifting when life’s worries have you down. Saro Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Saro trees found on the coast of Madagascar. It is called “Mandravasarotra” by the locals, which translates “which keeps the bad things away”. This tree is definitely aptly named! Because it has a high 1,8 Cineole content, this versatile essential oil is useful for a number of things. 

Let’s learn more about this amazing essential oil and check out our top uses for it.

Saro Essential Oil

Latin name: Cinnamosma fragrans

Aroma Description: Strong, medicinal aroma with a hint of citrus.

Therapeutic benefits

  • Helps to boost the immune system and keep germs at bay.
  • Diffuse or use in a personal inhaler to help support the respiratory system and aid with breathing.
  • When diluted in a carrier oil, it can help soothe skin irritation or sore muscles.
  • It can also help uplift and revitalize while reducing the feelings of worry.

Directions for use

Dilute to 1% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to your chest to help support the respiratory system. Use 3-4 drops in your aromatherapy diffuser or use in a personal inhaler. Diffusing it throughout the day can be invigorating to the senses, help reduce worry, and ease respiratory concerns. 

Blends well with

Basil, Frankincense, Ginger Root CO2, Lavender, Lemon, Niaouli, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Spearmint, and Tea Tree.

Plant Therapy Saro Essential Oil

Helps You Breathe Clear

One of the best uses available for Saro essential oil is to help with breathing and respiratory support. One of the easiest ways to take advantage of these benefits is to steam. Take a pot of water and heat it up, but don’t let it boil. Add just one drop of Saro and breathe in the steam. Don’t worry, one drop is all you need. If you prefer other methods, you can also create a chest rub! Add two drops of Saro and two drops of Lavender to two teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil and massage on your chest. And if Eucalyptus is your usual go-to for respiratory concerns, try mixing it up with Saro!

Free and Clear Inhaler Blend

Breathe Easy Inhaler Blend

Keeps the Bad Stuff Away

It’s all in the name! Saro really does help keep the bad stuff away. If it’s that time of year when it feels like germs and illnesses are everywhere, this is a good oil to have on hand. It has excellent germ-fighting properties and also boosts your immune system. Talk about double-duty!

Soothes Skin and Muscles

Sometimes our body needs a little TLC. Whether you have a patch of irritated skin or you’re dealing with sore muscles after a workout, this oil can help. For everyday use, dilute Saro with other skin-loving essential oils in your favorite carrier oil to create a nice, topical blend. Consider blending with Marjoram Sweet, Juniper Berry, or Eucalyptus Dives.

Invigorates Your Morning

And last but not certainly not least, Saro is an excellent oil for its invigorating aroma. It can help give you that pep in your step as you start your day. This is especially helpful for those of us who are not morning people. In addition to rejuvenating your senses,  it can help reduce feelings of worry and give you a boost when you’re feeling down.


What are your favorite ways to use Saro Essential Oil? Share in the comments below!


57 thoughts on “Benefits and Uses of Saro Essential Oil”

  • What a great oil to take along when you are flying….either in an inhaler or even in a little spray bottle that you can spray on yourself. It makes you feel like you have immunities against all the evil germs and bugs that are out there.

  • Just made the inhaler blend to have for summer travels. I hate having a cold while on vacation. Hopefully I won’t need it, but at least I will be prepared if I do.

  • I ordered this and cannot wait to try it! I have a few of the “blends well with” oils and look forward to new blends to help with breathing! Thanks for the great deals!!

  • Oh my goodness! I just ordered mine. I’m so excited after reading this. My kids have brought home the cough. Time to pop this in the diffuser once I get It. Thank you for the recipe also!!

  • I’ve used it for respiratory and sinus problem and it been great. Really recommend this recipe: Free and Clear Inhaler Blend
    4 drops Saro
    3 drops Ho Wood
    2 drops Blue Tansy
    2 drops Lemon
    1 drop Atlas Cedarwood

  • Glad to see all these amazing benifits for saro. I will be making the inhaler recipe as soon as my saro arrives.

  • I know it isn’t kidsafe but is it nursing safe if used in an inhaler (or other way that kids don’t smell it)?

  • Thank you for all the information on this oil! Sounds like a good oil for whining having colds! How about allergies?

    1. It can also help with allergies, especially if the allergies are affecting your respiratory system.

  • This is a new one for me but when I received it for the first time today I was very pleased with the aroma. Very pleasant. I am happy to add this to my collection.

  • I haven’t tried Saro yet, but I will be placing an order for it. I love anything with a citrus note to it, and I like the many uses for Saro. Thank you for the information.

  • This is the first I’ve heard of this oil – I must have always scrolled past it. I’ll wait a few years, since I usually just keep kid safe ones around for ease.

  • I cannot wait to smell this scent. I’ve never ordered this one. I haven’t had any complaints with any of the oils I’ve ordered. I’ve actually started using them more since I’ve been ordering from plant therapy.

  • It’s sounds like a very useful oil and honestly I didn`t pay much attention to it until now. I will differently plan it for my next orders!

  • This is one oil I have wanted to try forever! I am definitely going to buy it now! I don’t know why I waited so long.

  • Sounds amazing! I had never heard of this one before, but its description sounds wonderful. Any chance it is pregnancy safe?

  • This is awesome to know. This is one oil I have never tried. Great to see how many uses it has!

  • I tend to stick to my standby “medicinal” smelling oils when I want something hard-working. But I’m keeping this one in mind because of the citrus notes. Thanks, as always, for the great information!

  • This is a new oil to me. I looked up the name and Saro in its native country, Madagascar, is called, “keeps illness away”. That sounds like a good oil to have on hand. I too am curious about its use on irritated skin. How would you use it for that?

    1. You would dilute it to 1% in your favorite carrier oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil is always a good choice) and apply it to the affected area. You could also blend it with other oils that help with skin irritation like Myrrh, Lavender or Blue Tansy.

  • I purchased Saro a few months ago but haven’t been using it. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration to put it to good use.

  • I didn’t realize this oil existed. Thank you for introducing me to it! It sounds like a wonderful oil to have!!

  • Thank you very much for enlightening me about Saro. I am most interested in using it in a chest rub and happy to learn that it has an invigorating scent. I like to purchase oils that have lots of therapeutic value and Saro sounds wonderful.

  • Thanks for this blog post – I’ve passed right by Saro numerous times, thinking it wasn’t one I needed. Your suggestions here have prompted me to drop this one in my cart! Looking forward to respiratory & muscle support from the same bottle.

  • I have not heard of this oil until today. I am going to place an order now and try this out.

  • Such great information on an oil that I had never heard of! With so many beneficial options, I think I need to add this one to my collection!

  • I love all the usage tips. I have only used Saro in respiratory blends. I will definitely try incorporating it into skin care and sore muscle massage blends.

  • I hadn’t heard of Saro before! Thank you for showing us the benefits of using this oil! I might even have to buy sooner than later, it’s been on my oil wish list for a bit! Thanks Plant Therapy

  • I’m currently suffering with a head and chest cold. Made the Free & Clear Inhaler and wow does it help with congestion. I’m not a fan of Blue Tansy aroma so I think next time I’ll just use one drop. I plan on using this blend in my diffuser tonight. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • I had no idea what this was for when I first received the email but find it very interesting. The scent sounds harsh but the benefits sound like the would out weight it. Might be worth it for the soothing muscles!

  • I haven’t heard of this oil. Thank you for spotlighting it. I’m looking forward to trying it.

  • I’m not familiar with this oil, but it sounds intriguing and I personally would be interested to try it for 3 of the uses mentioned in the blog… respiratory support, sore muscles AND a morning boost. Thank you for the info/post; I always learn something new.

  • I always wanted to try saro! I’m not sure about it though. will I actually like the smell? Will I have other uses other than for tea tree?

    1. I totally understand! Smells are so personal, it can be hard to know what each individual will prefer. However, Saro does have different therapeutic properties from Tea Tree, such as being uplifting and helping with respiratory support.

  • I’ve heard that the scent of Saro is similar to tea tree. Is it stronger/weaker more/less medicinal? Also, only referring to the strength of the scent, how does it compare to Eucalyptus? I can always use another soothing oil!

  • Wow. An interesting read. Not familiar with this oil but I will definitely like to try it esp to help alleviate worry n soothe sore muscles

  • I’ve been waiting for this one! I used saro last winter and can’t get over the wonderful smell. I’m always looking for oils that will help with respiratory action and this one smells fantastic and does the trick. When you say to use for irritated skin…what exactly does that mean? On acne, blemishes, rashes, sunburn? Just wondering so I can fit this little gem into my life more!

    1. I’ve just read all I can on Saro. Unfortunately, I am in need of help, definitely, with all 4 of these points. I am feeling like a bug or cold is trying to take hold, so I am headed to my closest diffuser.

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