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Katafray essential oil


Katafray essential oil

Cedrelopsis grevei


The katafray is a tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. Sometimes called "white mahogany", its vernacular name is "KATRAFRAY". It grows naturally in the south of Madagascar and its height can reach 28m. It has alternate leaves of about 15cm, its bark of a pale gray color, tending to yellow, is rough on the surface. A tree endemic to Madagascar, it grows on all types of soil. It can be propagated by cuttings from the stems or by seeds.

Origin and history

Katafray wood is renowned for its strength and hardness. Imperishable, it was traditionally used in the making of royal sakalava tombs. Today, its wood is sought after for shipbuilding, heavy construction, interior woodwork and joinery. Cedrelopsis grevei holds an important place in traditional Malagasy medicine, where its fresh leaves and the bark of the roots are used to treat many ailments.

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: liquid

Color: light yellow, orange

Odour :

Distilled parts: Bark

Country of production: Madagascar


Chemotype / composition

Main biochemical constituents: Ishwarane, alpha-copaene

Allergenic molecules naturally present in this essential oil: Limonene.

Certain natural compounds contained in this essential oil may present an allergy risk in some people. To measure your tolerance, always do an application test in the crease of the elbow before using in your mixes.


The essential oil of organic katafray is:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Decongestant
  • Antihistamine
  • Antipruritic
  • Analgesic


The essential oil of katafray is indicated in inflammatory dermatoses, eczemas, varicose veins, heavy legs, psoriasis and skin allergies.
It will also be recommended against muscle pain, rheumatism, arthritis, tendonitis.


Modes of use

Consult a physician before any therapeutic use or oral treatment.

On the skin: Mix 1ml of organic katafray essential oil + 10ml of calendula vegetable oil, applied locally against eczema and skin allergies.

In diffusion: In atmospheric diffusion, as a general tonic.

Precaution for use

Flammable. Oral use on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 and pregnant or breastfeeding women. 


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