Pure, Therapeutic Ravintsara essential oil
Extraction method / Source
Steam distillation / Leaves
Woody, camphoraceous, slightly floral
1,8 Cineole, sabinene
Botanical family: Lauraceae
Cinnamomum camphora trees in Madagascar and Comoros, referred to as Ravintsara, are thought to be endemic to the islands, and grow to a height of 15 feet. They produce fragrant, dark green, waxy leaves and clusters of small white flowers which develop into black, berry-like fruits.
Regions of Production
Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
History / Fun Facts
In the Malagasy language of Madagascar, "ravintsara" means "leaf that is good for you". The leaves are used by the native people to treat headaches, stomach aches, colds and respiratory ailments. The leaves are also eaten as condiments. Contrary to its name and camphoraceous aroma, it actually contains no camphor.
There are Cinnamomum camphora trees grown in many Asian countries, referred to as Ho Wood or Camphorwood. These are thought to actually be a different subspecies, as their oils have very different profiles.
Analgesic, anti-anxiety, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immune support, nerve tonic, sedative. (Halpern & Weverka, 2003, Schnaubelt, 2011)
Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits
Supports immune function, beneficial in the treatment of flu. Added to massage oil, helps relieve muscle pain. A blend of Ravintsara and Tamanu is commonly used for management of shingles. Used as adjunct therapy in treatments for various cancers and Hepatitis B and C. ( Schnaubelt, 2011)
Modes of Administration
Topical: massage, compress, skin care
Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, aromatherapy inhaler.
Nontoxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing
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Halpern, Georges M., M.D., Ph.D., Weverka, Peter, The Healing Trail: Essential Oils of Madagascar, 2003, Basic Health Publications, Inc., North Bergen, NJ.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Aromatherapy, 2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.
Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition, 2014. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, New York, NY.
United States Food and Drug Administration, HHS, 182.1 Substances That Are Generally Recognized as Safe, 182.20 Essential oils, Oleoresins (solvent-free), and natural extractives (including distillates), http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/CFR-2012-title21-vol3-sec182 (January 28, 2016)
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