Essential Oil of ­­­­Ravintsara

Cinnamomum camphora


Family: Lauraceae

Origin: Originally from China but later brought to Madagascar

Plant description: A large evergreen tree that grows up to 98 feet. The leaves are glossy, waxy and smell of camphor when crushed. It produces bright green foliage with small white flowers.

Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: 1,8-Cineole, , Linalool, Sabinene, Terpineol, (Alcohol), Camphor, Pinene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: 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)

PROPERTIES: anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, expectorant, nervine



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Relaxes overworked muscles and joints

Immune System: Helps stimulate the nervous system

Nervous system: Calms and soothes the nervous system

Mental/Emotional: 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.

Respiratory system: Helpful for respiratory issues as it works as an expectorant. Helps ease breathing and respiratory viruses. May be a better choice for nursing moms as it is less irritating to the skin.

Skin care: It’s astringent properties make it useful for tonifying the skin and tightening pores. Excellent for healing shingles


About this essential oil: In China, statues of Buddha are carved from the wood of the Cinnamonum camphora (Ravintsara) tree to inspire devotion.  In Madagascar, Ravintsara oil is referred to as “the oil that heals.”  It is universal oil like Lavender. It has a mild, herby, slightly medicinal scent to it


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