Botanical Name: Ravensara aromatica
Country of Origin: Madagascar
Plant Part: Leaves
Distillation Method: Steam
About the Oil
Growing up to 20 meters high with reddish-grey bark, the Ravensara tree is indigenous to Madagascar and is now also cultivated on the islands of Reunion and Mauritius. In the laurel family of botanical plants, it belongs to the genus Cinnamomum. Traditionally Ravensara is referred to as "the oil that heals" as "ravintsara" its meaning is "good leaf" referring to its many health benefits.
This is true Ravensara essential oil, steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of trees certified organically grown in Madagascar.
This Ravensara essential oil has a warm quality. Orange zest and soft floral top notes meld into wheat-like grassy middle notes and pine-resin, sweet clove and balsamic undertones. The aroma is similar to that of Eucalyptus radiata, but with more density and a hint of sweet spice.
It blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme and Lemon oils.
Used by the indigenous tribes of Madagascar to clear infections, and prevent illness, Ravensara is used primarily as an antiviral. It is also valued as a nerve tonic and a in some cases, a cure for insomnia.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antibacterial, Anti-infectious, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Expectorant, Stimulant.
- Promotes courage
- Helps rid unnecessary anxieties and fears
- Effective treatment for bronchitis, sinusitis and rhinitis
- Clears congestion
- Can aid with whooping cough (especially when blended with Cypress oil)
- Effective air purifier
- Treats herpes zoster (shingles)
- Effective at fighting a wide array of viral infections (throat, lung, chest, and circulatory)
- Supports the adrenal glands
- Boosts immunity, supports the fight of general illnesses and promotes the healing process
Application and Use
- Ravensara essential oil has been used in combination with Tamanu nut oil for shingles - a 50/50 blend can be applied to the lesions; some users have fantastic results with this mixture.
- As a preventative flu treatment, combine a few drops of Ravensara to a few drops of Eucalyptus radiata in a carrier oil and massage onto the solar plexus, chest and throat.
- For the treatment of acute flu, Ravensara is best taken internally: 1 drop (diluted in water) every 2 hours.
- To alleviate respiratory conditions, and other chronic respiratory congestion associated with viral infection, add a few drops of Ravensara to a steaming bowl of water, cover the head with a towel and inhale deeply.
- In the treatment of chronic fatigue, Ravensara can be blended with Neroli, Rosewood and Myrtle in water (or neat) and diffused.
Safety Ravensara essential oil is non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing. As with all essential oils, test patches are recommended on skin (especially when using undiluted) and consultation with a physician is advised if pregnant and when planning on ingesting the oil, especially in the treatment of persistent infection.