Ravintsara - Cinnamomum camphora

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. 

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County of Origin Madagascar
Botanical Family Lauraceae
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
Plant Parts Leaves
Note Classification Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Bay Laurel, Eucalyptus radiata, Niaouli, Tea Tree,Spike Lavender, Benchmark Thyme

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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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References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
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        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
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        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Ravintsara - Cinnamomum camphora

    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. 

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