This majestic tree grows over 60 feet tall bearing potent green leaves from which the precious essential oil is extracted. Native to the exotic island of Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa, these trees are also prized for their fruit or seeds known as “Madagascar nutmeg,” which are commonly used in various applications. It has been used to ease occasional respiratory complaints, and has a very awakening aroma. The tree’s name means “good leaf” due to its vast wellness properties. Its reddish bark is quite fragrant, and its oil is a thin, pale yellow liquid.
History of Ravensara: In the poetic Malagasy language, ravensara translates to “good leaf” or “aromatic leaf.” The various parts of the evergreen ravensara tree have long been used by indigenous Madagascar tribes, as well as many other clans surrounding the strikingly turquoise Indian Ocean. As early as the 17th century, its bark was used to produce rum, and its flavorful seeds were added to enhance the flavoring in many traditional dishes. Eighteenth century French scientist Antoine Baume enjoyed the multi-dimensional aromas of this sweet-smelling oil as well.
BOTANICAL NAME: Agathophyllum aromatica or also known as Ravensara aromatica
PARTS USED: Leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
CULTIVATION METHOD: Certified Organic
AROMA: Slightly spicy, camphory, woody herbaceous
PACKAGING: 1/2 oz (15 ml), essential oils are packaged in glass bottles with cap and dropper.
Blends well with: argan, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, pine, prickley pear, rosemary, sandalwood, tamanu, tea tree, thyme
HERBAL MISCELLANY: The seeds are known as Madagascar nutmeg and are used in cooking and medicines.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).
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