Ravensara aromatica

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Ravensara aromatica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Ravensara
Species: R. aromatica
Binomial name
Ravensara aromatica
Sonn.

Ravensara aromatica (sometimes called clove nutmeg) is a member of the Lauraceae (laurel) family, and originates in Madagascar. The name ravensara is a latinization of the Malagasy word ravintsara.[1] Other Malagasy names include havozo, hazomanitra and tavolomanitra. The leaves and twigs of R. aromatica have a mildly camphorous aroma similar to eucalyptus. The essential oil of R. aromatica is used as a fragrance material in the perfumery industry, and as an antiseptic, anti-viral, antibacterial, expectorant, anti-infective in natural and folk medicine.

Essential oil[edit]

Primary aromatic components are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halpern, Georges M., Weverka, Peter The Healing Trail: Essential Oils of Madagascar, Basic Health Publications Inc., Laguna Beach CA, 2003, pp. 54.