Ravintsara, grown in Madagascar. Not to be confused with Raven-sara this oil is instead high in 1,8 cineol (similar to Eucalyptus) with a great, lively, spicy-eucalyptus aroma. Where Ravensara is used in many instances for its anti-viral properties, Ravintsara can be used like Eucalyptus for its positive effects on respiratory ailments.
|County of Origin||Madagascar|
|Therapeutic Properties||Analgesic, Anti-allergenic, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-bacterial, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-septic, Anti-spasmodic, Anti-tussive, Decongestant, Expectorant, Immune support, Immuno-stimulant, Mucolytic|
|Chemical Family||Monoterpenes, Oxides|
|Approx. Shelf Life||4 years|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
|Blends well with||Bay Laurel, Eucalyptus radiata, Niaouli, Tea Tree,Spike Lavender, Benchmark Thyme|
History: Ravintsara is not indigenous to Madagascar, but instead to Taiwan. The Ravintsara grown in Madagascar differs from that grown in Taiwan & China, which there is actually (or at least very similar to) 'Ho Wood', an oil much higher in camphor. The Ravintsara essential oil distilled from the leaves of the trees grown in Madagascar is considered the safer cousin of all these oils, with its high production in 'Eucalyptol' (as the molecule 1,8-cineol is sometime known), and is very well tolerated by the majority of the population, as is Eucalyptus in general.
Characteristics: Not to be confused with Ravensara, Ravintsara is more akin to Eucalyptus oils due to its high 1,8-Cineol content (ranging from 45-55% of its composition, with other major constituents being "monoterpenes (sabinene 15%, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene), sesquiterpenes (beta-carophyllene), monoterpenic alcohols (alpha-terpineol 7% and terpineol) and esters (terpenyl acetate)."* Ravintsara can be used safely in place of, or accompanying Eucalyptus oils in all their applications. These are generally utilized for their pleasing, lively aroma - which Ravintsara has its own unique aroma in this way: its scent is that of both Eucalyptus with a touch of cinnamon-spiciness.
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