Ravintsara Essential Oil
Ravintsara Ho Wood
Species: Cinnamomum camphora
Part Used: Wood
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Ravintsara Ho Wood is a specific chemo-type of the camphor tree, commonly found in Madagascar. Ravintsara essential oil is often preferred for topical use in place of traditional camphor.
Aroma: Sweet Camphor, Earthy, Fresh
Cooling, Stimulating, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Anti-Spasmodic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Anti-Microbial, Insecticide, Narcotic
Skin Conditions, Acne, Scars, Eczema, Massage Oil, Respiratory Ailments, Insect Repellent
Commonly Blended With:
Ravintsara blends well nearly any essential oil.
Caution! Avoid if pregnant, Not recommended for Children. Do not ingest!
Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin producing either a coolness or warmth sensation, and acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance. There are anti-itch gels and cooling gels with camphor as the active ingredient. It is used carefully and in low dosage in baby oil for its calming effects.
Camphor is an active ingredient (along with menthol) in vapor-steam products, such as Vicks VapoRub. It is used as a cough suppressant and as a decongestant. It is also used for aromatherapy.
Camphor may also be administered orally in small quantities (50 mg) for minor heart symptoms and fatigue. Through much of the 1900s this was sold under the trade name Musterole; production ceased in the 1990s.
Camphor was used in ancient Sumatra to treat sprains, swellings, and inflammation. Camphor is a component of paregoric, an opium/camphor tincture from the 18th century. Also in the 18th century, camphor was used by Auenbrugger in the treatment of mania. Based on Hahnemann’s writings, camphor (dissolved in alcohol) was also successfully used to treat the 1854-1855 cholera epidemics in Naples. -Wikipedia
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