Ravintsara

Latin Name

Cinnamomum camphora cineoliferum

Family

Lauraceae

Chemotype

1,8-Cineol

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Anxiety. Anti-infective (exceptional antiviral). Articular and muscular benefits (muscle tensions, aches, pains). Cardiovascular and circulatory benefits (blood circulation, decongestant, tonic, varicose vein). Skin benefits (acne, eczema, itching, fever blister, infections, tired skin). Immune benefits (fatigue, viral or bacterial infection). Respiratory and ENT benefits (bronchitis, flu, ear infection, stuffy nose, sinus infection, cough).

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Anecdote

Ravintsara has a spicy, camphorous, warm scent, similar to eucalyptus but softer. Native to Madagascar, ravintsara grows wild in tropical rainforests. The people of Madagascar hold it in high regard.