Ravintsara Essential OilRavintsara Essential Oil (Cinnamomum camphora) has a spicy, camphorous, warm scent, similar to eucalyptus but softer. The people of Madagascar hold it in high regard. Ravintsara scores 8,927 on the ORAC antioxidant scale. 

Historial Data: Ravintsara is referred to by the people of Madagascar as "the oil that heals." It is supportive to the nervous and respiratory system and is effective against microbes. Ravintsara is also commonly used during meditation practices.

Key Constituents:
Limonene + Eucalyptol — 50-65%
Sabinene — 6-12%
Alpha-Terpineol — 5-11%
Alpha Pinene — 4-9%
Beta-Pinene — 1-5%


New Common Name Coming to Young Living Product Labels

When Gary Young first began studying and then distilling the essential oil we know as dorado azul, it did not have a botanical name in Ecuador. Through the efforts of Young Living researchers, the Ecuadorian essential oil is now known as Hyptis suaveolens.

In a reverse of this situation, botanists have determined that much of the Madagascar oil identified as ravensara (Ravensara aromaticum) is actually ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora). This misidentification probably occurred as suppliers and the academic world received samples that were not botanically verified.

The aromatic trees that produce ravensara and ravintsara essential oils are very similar. Ravensara is endemic to Madagascar (known to grow only there), while ravintsara from Asia was introduced to Madagascar in the 19th century. British essential oil expert Tony Burfield has written that ravintsara has adapted to the Madagascar climate by losing the ability to produce camphor, a part of its botanical name, Cinnamomum camphora.

What are the similarities and differences between ravensara and ravintsara? Aromatically, the two oils are very similar. However, GC-MS testing shows that the major compounds are as different as night and day.

Ravensara (Ravensara aromaticum) has a high profile of methyl chavicol, which is also found in basilfennel, and tarragon. However the constituent 1,8 cineole (eucalyptol) is found in amounts of more than 50 percent in ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora), making it ideal for soothing respiratory complaints.

By traveling to Madagasccar and taking botanically identified samples, Young Living determined through GC-MS testing that our oil — with its high 1,8 cineole content — is indeed ravintsara. We are pleased to note that while authentic ravensara is becoming an endangered species, ravintsara is ecologically sustainable, making it the ideal species for sourcing.

This information means that we will be updating our labels for Raven™, ravensara, and other matersials to reflect the new common name, ravintsara, and its botanical name, Cinnamomum camphora. Watch for these changes in the coming months!

— Reprinted from the Essential Edge News, Vol 1, Issue 3 © Young Living Essential Oils

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