Latin name: Ravensara aromatica
Plant family: Lauraceae
Extraction: Distillation of the leaves and sometimes twigs
Origin: Europe – cultivated in France (Madascagar)
Oil characteristics: A pale watery-looking oil with strong camphor tones, moderated by fresh woody undertones.
Traditional use: A relatively new oil on the scene, but in recent years has been used successfully to ease the pain of chickenpox vesicles and to help diminish them. It has antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, anti-inflammatory properties – useful for coughs, colds, influenza, measles, shingles, chicken pox, arthritis and as a preventative for low immunity.
Also could be useful for shingles and cold sores.
Blends well with: Lavender, rosewood, sandalwood and cypress.
Cautions and comments: No known contra-indications. Ravensara is extremely skin friendly and can be used neat on shingles, measles and chicken pox, even on children without irritation. It can be used to replace eucalyptus (blue gum) for sensitive skinned people.
Main chemical constituents: 1.8 cineole (oxide) 75%
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.