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Ravintsara Essential Oil

Ravintsara
Ravintsara

Also known as Ho Leaf Oil, Ravintsara Oil is often confused with Ravensara Oil or Ho Wood Oil. Ravintsara, Ravensara and Ho Wood oils are very different essential oils.

The aroma of Ravintsara Oil is somewhat similar to Eucalyptus in some ways, but I find it to be greener. Aromatically, it blends especially well with Eucalyptus and oils in the wood, mint and citrus families.

Although Ravintsara Oil is distilled from the leaves of the same plant that yields various camphor oils and crystals, camphor does not appear as a constituent within Essential Oil Safety or the various GC/MS reports that I've seen for the oil.

Emotionally, the oil shows a lot of promise for use in helping to focus in the midst of stressful situations and for helping to calm the nerves.

Although some sources suggest use of Ravintsara for viral and respiratory issues with children, it's important to heed Tisserand and Young's precautions (see Safety Information) below.

Ravintsara Oil
Ravintsara Oil
    

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Leaves

Color: Clear

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Top

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Fresh, earthy, eucalyptus-like with woody and subtle peppery notes.

Ravintsara Oil Uses: Influenza, Shingles, Supports the Immune System, Stress, Depression, Calms the Nerves, Promotes Sleep, Muscular Aches and Pains. [Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D., The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2011), 125, 142, 144, 178.] In addition to these uses, Dr. Schnaubelt discusses the applications for Ravintsara alongside conventional cancer treatment on page 178.

Primary Constituents for Ravintsara Oil Originating From Madagascar:
1,8-Cineole
Sabinene

a-Terpineol
a-Pinene
B-pinene
Tisserand and Young report that oil sourced from China may contain Safrole and Methyleugenol.
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[L. Zhu, Y. Li, B. Li, et al. Aromatic Plants and Essential Constituents. (South China Institute of Botany, HK, 1993). J.C. Chalchat, I. Valada. Chemica Comosition of Leaf Oils of CInnamomum from Madagascar: C. zeylanicum Blume, C. camphora L., C. fragrans Baillon and C. angustifolium. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 12, 2000), 537-540. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 304.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young remind that "essential oils high in 1,8-cineole can cause CNS [central nervous system] and breathing problems in young children." They also caution not to use topically near the face of babies and children. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 304.]

Shelf Life: Click here for shelf life details.

 

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Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

 

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