Ravintsara Essential Oil

Distillation Method:
Steam
Country of Origin:
Madagascar
Plant Part:
Leaves
Latin Name:
Cinnamomum camphora
Cultivation:
Naturally Grown

About the Oil: High in 1,8 cineol (also known as eucalyptol), Ravintsara is a wonderful oil for the immune system with a lively spicyeucalyptus aroma.

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Drops per ml

Blending Tips

57

Chemical Families

Oxide
N/A
Monoterpene
N/A
Monoterpenol
N/A

Primary Constituents

eucalyptol
N/A
sabinene
N/A
alpha pinene
N/A
terpineol
N/A
camphor
N/A
Description

ABOUT THE PLANT

Cinnamomum camphora is a tall evergreen, growing up to 30 meters high. It has many branches bearing clusters of small white flowers followed by red berries. C. camphora is native to Japan, Taiwan and China, and is now cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Madagascar, southern Eu-rope and the USA. This botanical species has several chemotypes that are a result of its different conditions of growth, such as climate, soil, altitude, etc.

ABOUT THE OIL

Any time there are multiple essential oils originating from a singular species there are bound to be confusions. To be clear, the three distinct essential oils of Cinnamomum camphora are produced from the three different chemotypes of the plant.

The three chemotypes of C. camphora are: Hon Sho – the camphor chemotype – which produces Camphor oil, Ho Sho – the linalool chemotype – which produces Ho Wood oil, and Yu Sho – the cineole chemotype – which produces Ravintsara oil.

Further confusing the issue, the camphor chemotype produces three fractionated oils: White camphor, Brown camphor and Blue camphor. Only White Camphor should be used in aromather-apy and only then with caution. Brown and Blue camphor are highly toxic and should be avoided.

And to top it all off our Ravintsara comes from Madagascar, but the tree is indigenous to Taiwan, unlike Ravensara which is indigenous to Madagascar.

Now that you know which C. camphora you are dealing with, the thing you most need to know is that Ravintsara essential oil distilled from the leaves of trees grown in Madagascar is considered the safest of all these oils and is very well tolerated by the majority of the population. Because of its high Eucalyptol (as the molecule 1,8-cineol is also known) content it can be safely substituted for any Eucalyptus oil, yet Ravintsara has its own unique aroma; its scent is that of Eucalyptus with a touch of cinnamon-spiciness.

OF INTEREST

Ravintsara is not indigenous to Madagascar but was introduced from China in the early 1800s.; It is a species of Cinnamonum camphora which has lost its ability to produce any camphor under the Madagascan climate. For many years, oils from both Ravensara aromatica and Cinnamomum camphora have been distilled and traded on the market as Ravensara with a reference to either botanical name. It is only a few years ago that research into the chemical makeup of these oils has finally given them their distinctive botanical identity.

THE OILS: RAVINTSARA vs. RAVENSARA

A Little Chemistry

Ravintsara oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and has a fresh, slightly sweet balsamic odour quite reminiscent of rosemary. The main chemical components are oxides (with at least 45% to 55%1,8-cineole), monoterpenes (sabinene 15%, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene), sesquiterpenes(beta-carophyllene), monoterpenic alcohols(alpha-terpineol 7% and terpineol) and esters (terpenyl acetate) and numerous trace compounds.

Ravensara aromatica is high in methylchavicol (estragole), sabinene, alpha-terpinene, limonene, but contains very little 1.8 cineole. Ravensara anisata has a higher methylchavicol content (up to 90%) than the leaf oil and is characterised with a stong anisic odour. This oil is not used in Aromatherapy.

Botanical Identity

“The situation regarding the exact botanical identification of the source of Ravensara oil has pre-viously confused some most learned and academic researchers (let alone aromatherapists) and has been the subject of a number of articles.” writes Tony Burfield.

Kurt Schnaubelt, leading figure in Aromatherapy, has described Ravensara aromatica as being high in 1.8 cineole, of which it contains very little. A certain confusion with ravintsara.

Recent research in the chemical make-up of these 2 oils has lead to give each of them a clear botanical identity. The leaf oil from Agatophyllum aromaticum has kept its common name of Ra-vensara and its botanical name of 'Ravensara aromatica' and the oil from cinnamonum camphora has been given the common name of 'Ravintsara'.

Therapeutically

Both oils have a strong anti-viral action. Ravensara aromatica is particularly efficient at treating all forms of herpes and soothe inflamation caused by shingles. It needs to be used cautiously as the oils can cause skin irritation. Methylchavicol is a suspected carcinogen.

Ravintsara oil is antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti rheumatic, antiviral, decongestant, cicatrisant, expectorant, immune tonic and neurotonic.
Schnaubelt says ‘it is the essence of choice for the treatment of influenza and shingles' and calls the alpha-terpineol/cineole synergy the “cold-and-flu"" synergy. He includes laurel, eucalyptus ra-diata, niaouli (MQV), tea tree and spike lavender in the same antiviral category and explains that prompt aromatic treatment of a viral condition inhibits the virus by altering the pH and electrical resistance of humoral fluids in a way that is adverse to the virus. For more information on ad-vanced techniques using the oils consult his book 'Medical Aromatherapy'.

Ravintsara makes the ideal oil to use when there are coughs, colds, influenza and other respira-tory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and otitis. It acts as a tonic when one is lethargic or congested with white or clear catarrah.

Use it for tissue repair in cases of shingles, herpes, verrucas, warts and athletes foot.

Glandular fever, ME and immune deficiency are also assisted with ravensara oil.

Gabriel Mojay recommends the oil for nervous debility, chronic anxiety, melancholy, mild depres-sion as well as aching muscles and sinews. He says it is ideal for restlessness and insomnia, weakened immune systems and to open the chest and instil a sense of positivity.
Certainly an all round oil which is especially beneficial during our cold damp months when we all could do with a boost to our immunity.

Suggested Use

SKIN CARE

  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • encourages cell regeneration
  • neutralizes microbes
  • neutralizes fungi

IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • strengthens the IMMUNE SYSTEM
  • neutralizes microbes

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

  • aids in the expulsion of mucous
  • stimulates the bronchi
  • reduces the production of mucous

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

  • soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
  • diminishes swelling

NERVOUS SYSTEM

  • strengthens the NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
Application

Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Those with epilepsy are to use with caution.

INHALATION

  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
  • The essential oil is wonderful for use in all the ways Eucalyptus varieties are for an uplifting note in your diffuser blends (with the antiseptic properties associated with Eucalyptus species), as a breathing/respiratory support essential oil unto itself, and for inclusion in invigorating massage blends.
  • The best way to use this oil for this application would be in a nebulizing diffuser, or inhaled from a steaming bowl of water several times per day. It can also be used in a diffuser as a prophylactic, perhaps preventing illness in those that are well, when coming into contact with 'sick' individuals.

TOPICAL

  • massage, compress, bath, skincare
Safety

Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.

Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Those with epilepsy are to use with caution.