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Ravintsara
SCIENTIFIC NAME

Cinnamomun camphora ct. 1,8 cineole

BIOTANICAL FAMILY

Lauraceae

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

Madagascar

PLANT PART

Leaves

NOTE

Middle

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam Distilled

AROMA

Refreshing aroma with a camphoraceus and slightly spicy undertone

GC/MS REPORT

Oxides and Monoterpenes: 1,8 cineole (61%); sabinene (13%)

NOTES ON CHEMICAL COMPONENTS

1,8 cineole's known therapeutic properties include: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, mucolytic, immunostimulant, skin penetration enhancer, and cognition enhancement. Sabinene's known therapeutic properties include: antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory.

THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS

Respiratory system - expectorant and mucolytic, helps relieving chest, sinus, and throat infections, including flu, sinusitis, rhinitis, and chronic bronchitis with phlegm and cough. Musculoskeletal system - helps relieve headaches, muscolar aches and pains. Nervous system - immunostimulant with an overall tonic action.

EMOTIONAL/ENERGETIC QUALITIES

Stimulates the mind, promotes alertness; helps relieving mental fog, lethargy, and lack of concentration; boosts self-confidence and willpower.

ADMINISTRATION METHOD

Bath, topical application (diluted), and inhalation

ETNOBOTANY LORE AND ANCIENT PARTICLES

Cinnamomun camphora was introduced from Taiwan as an ornamental tree and now grows in the wild in Madagascar. It is not to be confused with "ravensara" from Ravensara aromatica which is a different plant/oil with possible safety issues because it contains 10-12% of Methyl chavicol—also called estragole; high doses are considered genotoxic, carcinogenic, and hepatotoxic in rats and possibly in humans. This component is also contraindicated for anticoagulant medications and any bleeding disorders. . Confusion between the two species has remained in the availalble historical literature about the plant's therapeutic properties.

SAFETY

Non-toxic and non-irritant but could sensitizing if oxidized; 1,8 cineole can also cause CNS and breathing problems in young children.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided above is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult a licensed healthcare specialist for specific medical advice.

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