Essential oil made from the leaves of Ravensara aromatica is referred to as aromatic ravensare, to distinguish it from oil distilled from the bark, havozo. The oils have a faint, aniseed, or licorice odor that is slightly herbaceous.
The ravensara tree is native to Madagascar and grows up is 20 meters high with reddish bark and strongly aromatic simple, elliptical leaves.
Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora The names ravintsara and ravensara are easily confused, but are not related botanically.
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The essential oil is referred to as "the oil that heals" and is is obtained by steam distillation from the leaf. It's fresh scent is smooth, slightly spicy, and earthy
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