Ravintsara is a tall evergreen tree from Madagascar that grows up to 30 meters high. Leaves are steam distilled to give a light yellow essential oil smelling like eucalyptus.
Ravintsara is from the large cinnamomum camphora family indigenous to South East China. When brought to Madagascar from Asia few centuries ago, the tree changed and adapted to the different climate, altitude and soil. This “new” tree developed very different properties, the camphor disappeared turning into 1.8-cineole, and that’s why Ravintsara is so unique. It should not be confused with any other Cinnamomum Camphora trees, mainly because Ravintsara essential oil does not contain any camphor.
In Malagasy, Ravintsara means “the good leaf”. It got its name from the locals using the leaves to boost their immune system and cure a lot of infections and diseases. Due to its 1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol) high content, Ravintsara essential oil smells like Eucalyptus and can be used to fight respiratory infections.
We can find on the market an essential oil called Ravensara (Ravensara aromatic). As Ravintsara, it’s coming from Madagascar, but that’s the only similarity. Their similar names make the confusion easy, but they have very different scents and properties.
Many uses can be made from Ravintsara essential oil, sometimes it’s even considered as a magical oil. We recommend it mainly for preventing and fighting respiratory infections and disorders. It also has great result in boosting the immune system and eliminating the effects of stress.
The high content of eucalyptol in the Ravintsara brings strong antiviral, antibacterial, anti-catarrhal and mucolytic properties. Anti-catarrhal means it’s very good to remove excess mucus from the body. Also, Ravintsara is effective as a mucolytic because it helps weaken the viscosity of nasal and bronchial mucus and makes it easier to expel. This powerful combination makes it one of the most efficient essential oil to help with respiratory infections and other respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and otitis.
A great way to use the Ravintsara essential oil is by making a chest rub. It will help soothing the coughing and congestion. Mix 20 drops of Ravintsara, 20 drops of Peppermint, 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Thyme with 1/2 a cup of coconut oil. Massage the chest 2 to 3 times a day can help open up the lungs and improve breathing.
Use Ravintsara in a diffuser to clean and purify the air and help with respiratory problems with its fresh eucalyptus scent.
When people are tired or stressed, their immune system becomes weaker and makes them more susceptible to colds, flu and other illnesses. Ravintsara has powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that strengthen the immune system and help the body to be stronger by fighting viral and bacterial attacks.
After you experience the first symptoms of a cold, flu, chest congestion, stuffiness or tickly throat, use Ravintsara essential oil immediately in a diffuser or in a bath. To fight the effects of fatigue simply rub a drop on each wrist.
Its fresh smell also makes it a perfect addition to cleaning sprays.
Chemical composition of the Ravintsara essential oil
Ravintsara oil has a unique composition as a Cinnamomum Camphora, with a very high content of 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol):
_ Alpha pinene
_ Alpha terpinene
The best way to use the Ravintsara essential oil is topically by using a chest rub. For treating any respiratory infections mix 20 drops of Ravintsara and some essential oils of your choice in half a cup of coconut oil and massage the chest.
For a diffusion use, add 3 to 5 drops in a diffuser.
For use in direct inhalation, inhale deeply and hold for a few seconds then exhale. You can repeat this 4 to 5 times
Do not absorb this essential oil orally.
Ravintsara essential oil mixes very well with rose, peppermint, tea tree, geranium and thyme essential oils.
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum Camphora Ct. Cineole
Common names: Ravintsara
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Madagascar
Botanical family: Lauraceae
Plant part used: Leaves and branches
Scent: Eucalyptus, Fresh, Earthy
Essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Ravintsara essential oil is generally considered non-toxic and non-irritant. However, test the essential oil for allergic reaction.
Do not ingest. Ravintsara essential oil should not be taken internally unless recommended and supervised by someone who is qualified.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing, elderly and for children under 7 years of age. If suffering from any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using.
Do feel free to ask for further information and applications.
DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are not meant to cure diseases and illnesses. They may ease some health problems and bring comfort. We suggest you consult a physician and do your own research for each essential oil that interests you.
To get more safety information, read our article about the risks of using essential oils.