Ravensara essential oil (Ravensara aromatica) is often confused with ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) essential oil. The two are different.
Plant family: Lauraceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of the tree. A ravensara bark oil is also available but generally not recommended for aromatherapy use because of high estragole content.
Aroma: Eucalyptus-like, slightly sweet and fruity.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top.
Is ravensara safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is ravensara essential oil safe for children? Yes. See Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child.
Safety: Maximum dermal limit of 1%.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Use ravensara in a massage oil to help relieve muscle fatigue and lymphatic problems. The oil may help heal acne and infected skin conditions. It can also counteract shock and depression and focus attention.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use ravensara to help relieve colds, flu, respiratory problems, rhinitis, sinusitis, muscle pain and fatigue, and chronic fatigue.
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols: This essential oil may help relieve insomnia and tired muscles.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use ravensara to help relieve cold sores, aching muscles, arthritis, cramps, gout, muscle fatigue, rheumatism, colds, flu, congestion, sinusitis, anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, use ravensara to clear your consciousness and receive more prophetic dreams or messages. Mentally, the oil promotes focus and grounding and helps deflect negative energy. The essential oil can help during an emotional crisis, improving your ability to reduce emotional strain.
West Coast Aromatherapy: Ravensara helps relieve digestive complaints, reduce stress and anxiety, and relieve muscle aches and pains.
Ravensara Essential Oil by KG Stiles: Ravensara may help you set and maintain clear and healthy boundaries. Dilute the essential oil in a carrier for a perfume that promotes and reinforces a positive psychic force field of influence and protection for yourself. These two blends are adapted from Stiles:
Massage oil to relieve muscle aches and pains:
Blend oils. Massage as needed into painful areas.
Blend essential oils. Use 1 to 3 drops in a steam inhalation.