Saro Essential Oil (Cinnamosma fragrans)


It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.


Saro Essential Oil is also known asMandravasarotra Essential Oil.

Saro Essential Oil is a lesser known, but affordable essential oil. It contains approximately 40-50% oxides (primarily in the form of 1,8 cineole), 20-35% monoterpenes and 10-20% monoterpenols. It is a very useful oil to work with for coughs, colds, headaches, respiratory complaints and to ease muscular aches and pains.

Emotionally, Saro Essential Oil is uplifting and stimulating. It may be helpful in blends intended to assist with depression and anxiety.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Astringent Camphoraceous Cool Fresh Strong Warm

  • Synonyms(s) for Cinnamosma fragrans: Cinnamosma fragrans var. baillonii, Cinnamosma fragrans var. perrieri

  • Botanical Family: Canellaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cinnamosma
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Oxides
  • Major Compounds: 1,8 Cineole, B-Pinene, a-Pinene, Terpinen-4-ol, (+)-Limonene, a-Terpineol, Terpinyl Acetate, Linalool
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Madagascar
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 3 - 4 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Saro:

Tisserand and Young indicate that due to its 1,8 cineole content, Saro Essential Oil may cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. They caution against using Saro Oil on or near the face of infants and children. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 421.]

Safety Precautions for Saro:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.