Ravintsara is an essential oil that comes from the Camphor tree. It has been used traditionally for many different uses including medicine, bug repellant, cleaning products and incense. It is native to Japan, China and Taiwan and Madagascar. It is in the evergreen family and is known scientifically as Cinnamomum Camphora. It is not to be confused with Ravensara, which is similar, but not the same. Ravintsara has a rich history and was heavily used during the Black Death pandemic of the 14th century for perfume as well as for embalming fluid to prevent the spread of the plague. The following is useful information I have to share about this potent essential oil.
One of its active terpenes is camphor which is responsible for most of its medicinal action along with 1-8, cineole. Those potent terpenes (a naturally occurring strong scented oil plants make for protection) are responsible for the odor and the aromatherapy aspect of the plant. They have been shown to have many biological effects including anti-viral, anti-cancer, and antitussive. Other properties like improvement of immune functioning, enhancing of the enzymatic breakdown of carcinogens and aiding in the radiation of cancer cells, have been observed in mice. Ravintsara can also boost and support the adrenal glands, as well as work as a decongestant and cough suppressant.
Recently Ravintsara has been a top seller because of its properties that help support respiratory health by killing viruses in the air and by helping to clear congestion and open bronchial pathways. Ravintsara has many uses including disinfecting surfaces in your house, helping to support respiratory system and immune system function, and even as an insect and bug repellent. It has been shown to stimulate the pulse as well as peripheral circulation. Low doses have been shown to be antigenotoxic against 4NQO, a carcinogen that can cause cancer and can stimulate DNA repair, acting as a antimutagen. It also has been shown to be very therapeutic in terms of aromatherapy to aid in relaxing and destressing.
Ravintsara has a scent like camphor and eucalyptus and can be diffused, added to a bath with Epsom salts for soothing muscles, or added to message oil for an even deeper relaxing experience. It can also be used in meditation to aid in achieving a deeper state of transcendence.
Ravintsara is so potent that when used topically it should be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. It should be used sparingly, only a few drops total in at least several ounces of any carrier oil like jojoba, castor, coconut or sesame. Children should avoid using this oil topically, especially any child under the age of two. Camphor, an active terpene in Ravintsara, could potentially be toxic if used in excess. A little bit goes a long way! It is very safe and effective in small amounts but should not be used in excess of more than a few drops.
Not many plant-based terpenes can be used for such a wide range of uses. I have personally been very fascinated and intrigued by the complex chemistry of Ravintsara and how it interacts with the human body. There is still a lot we don’t know about this essential oil and its complex mechanism of action is still very mysterious. We proudly sell a wonderful Ravintsara essential oil from VedAroma here in our store in Fairfield, Iowa.
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