Cinnamomum camphora

Common Name:  Ravintsara

Botanical Name:  Cinnamomum camphora

Family:  Lauraceae

Class:  Cineole

Composition:  100% Pure Ravintsara Essential Oil

Origin:  Madagascar

Method of Extraction:  Steam Distilled

Cultivation / Harvesting:  Wild Crafted

Plant Part:  Leaves and branches

Color:  Clear

Consistency:  Thin

Properties:   anti-bacterial, anticatarrhal, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-rheumatic, antiviral, cicatrisant (heals wounds), decongestant, expectorant, immune boosting, and neurotonic

Chakras Affected:  Heart

Constituents:  1,8-Cineol (45-55%), monoterpenes (sabinene 15%, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene), sesquiterpenes (beta-carophyllene), monoterpenic alcohols (alpha-terpineol 7% and terpineol) and esters (terpenyl acetate)

Historical uses:  It has been used for aching muscles, allergies, bronchitis, clears congestion from the heart, common cold, flu, herpes, insomnia, immune boosting, releases grief from the lungs, sinus infections, sore throat.  Ravintsara can be safely used as a replacement for eucalyptus essential oil.  Ravintsara inhibits viruses by altering the pH and electrical resistance of body fluids, making the replication of viruses difficult

Safety & Side effects:  Always test for sensitivity or allergic reaction.  If pregnant, nursing, taking prescription drugs, or under a doctor's care, consult with your physician and a trusted herbal practitioner.  Use with caution with epilepsy

Interactions:  None Indicated

Recommended Use:  Diffuse or use topically on the bottoms of the feet.  Dilute to 10% and massage on the accupressure points that relate to the respiratory system.   Dilute 1-3% in a carrier oil for body massage as an anti-rheumatic remedy; higher percentages can be used when massaging painful joints

Skin Care:  0.1 - 0.2%

Body / Hair Care: 0.2 - 0.5%

Spot Treatment:  Up to 3.0%

Notes:  Ravintsara essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and should not be confused with Ravensara, which is distilled from the leaves of the Ravensara aromatica. There is a significant difference between the two essential oils.  They are not interchangeable

Aromatherapy Notes

Perfumery note:  Top note

Appearance:  Clear to slightly green, non-viscous Liquid

Aroma:  sweet, spicy, and camphorous similar to but milder than eucalyptus, uplifting and energizing

Strength of initial aroma:  Penetrating sharp

Blends well with:  Combines well with all other cineoles, woods / conifers, citrus, and mints.  Ravintsara contains similar properties as bay laurel, benchmark thyme, eucalyptus radiata, niaouli, tea tree and spike lavender.  For sinus opening, combine with peppermint.  To prepare a disinfecting room spray, combine with basil fir, lavender and lemon

Able to be Diffused?:  YES