Cinnamomum camphora

Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) is a medium-sized tree from the Lauraceae family. It has reddish bark and its helically arranged, glabrous and coriaceous leaves are the same as those of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis).

  • Bath

  • Dermal application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

This essential oil is remarkably well-tolerated by the whole family; it is non-irritant for the skin and completely non-toxic. Warning! Drug interactions may occur if the essential oil is used for more than a few days.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, subjects with epilepsy (or children who have had fever seizures).

Antiviral agent
1 drop of EO of niaouli, 1 drop of EO of palmarosa, 1 drop of EO of ravintsara. Take the 3 drops on a neutral tablet three times daily for four days.

Physical and psychological fatigue – immune stimulation
Pour 3 drops of essential oil of ravintsara onto the solar plexus, wrists and inner elbow three times per day for ten days.

Herpes labialis (cold sores)
Place 1 drop of pure essential oil of ravintsara onto the cold sore six to seven times per day until healed.

Respiratory problems (children over the age of six years)
Massage your child's chest three times a day with 5 drops of ravintsara essential oil diluted in 5 drops of vegetable oil.


Native to Japan and Taiwan, it was introduced into Madagascar, where grew a related species, but with different properties (Ravensara aromatica).

Madagascar, island of perfumes, is a hub of world phytotherapy as more than six thousand of the island's plants are studied and some are used by ethnopractitioners according to the database of the Madagascan institute of applied research (IMRA). This prodigious biodiversity was revealed to Europeans during the mid-18th century by the Frenchman Etienne de Flacourt "resident governor" in his History of the island Madagascar (1658). During the 20th century, the botanist Pierre Boiteau scientifically explored this wealth and studied the therapeutic effect of ravintsara. This tree has always been, and remains to this day, the ultimate "medicine tree" of Madagascan populations, its local name meaning "leaves good for everything". The essential oil extracted from these leaves is remarkable for combating viral diseases.


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