Organic - Soil Association certified.
Formerly called ravensara
Ravintsara makes the ideal oil to use when there are coughs, colds, influenza and other respiratory 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 depression 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.
Ravensara, due to the high estragol content, should not be used
ORIGIN & CONFUSION
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) and Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) are two essential oils distilled from 2 very different trees. For many years, oils from both trees have been distilled and traded on the market as Ravensara with a reference to the botanical names ravensara aromatica or cinnamonum camphora. It is only a few years ago that research into the chemical make up of these oils has finally given them their distinctive botanical identity.
Ravensara Aromatica originates from Australia. Two oils are produced from the tree, one from the leaves - ravensara aromatica- and one from the bark - ravensara anisata. Both oils contain a very high level of methylchavicol (estragol) (70 to 90%) a suspected carcinogen.
Ravintsara is not indigenous to Madagascar. It was introduced from China to Madagascar in the early 1800. It is a species of Cinnamonum camphora which has lost its ability to produce any camphor under the Madagascan climate. The essential oil contains a high level of cineol 1.8 (45 to 55%) (of which ravensara aromatica contains very little) and monoterpenes.
To know more, follow the link to a profile on Ravintsara