COLOR & CONSISTENCY: thin, pale yellow to yellow liquid.
PLANT FAMILY: Lauraceae
AROMATIC & THERAPEUTIC RESEARCH REPORTED: airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal (especially for candida), antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitumoral, antiviral, hypotensive, immune stimulant, mucolytic, prevents bone loss, and sedative. The high amounts of 1,8 Cineole are also said to have the following properties: dopaminergic, decongestant, expectorant, increases cerebral blood flow, and mucolytic. Ravintsara also reduces pain and headaches, soothes anxiety and stress, relieves depression, reduces fear, relieves allergies, and supports self confidence.
BLENDS WELL WITH: basil, bay laurel, bergamot, cajeput, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang.
SAFETY WARNINGS: 1,8 Cineole can cause serious breathing problems in babies and young children when inhaled. In premature babies, it can cause cessation of breathing. These effects are naturally dose-dependent, but suggest that cineole-rich essential oils should not be inhaled by, or applied to the face of, babies and young children. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.
The Camphor tree produces 3 types of essential oils; Camphor, Ho Wood, and Ravintsara (Ho Leaf), all from different parts of the tree and grown in different countries. The leaves have a glossy, waxy appearance and smell of camphor when crushed. Trees grown in China, Taiwan, and Japan are normally very high in Linalool, most often between 80 and 85%. In India and Sri Lanka the high camphor variety/chemotype remains dominant, and the trees grown in Madagascar are high in 1,8 Cineole.