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Guide To Ravensara Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Ravensara essential oil (Ravensara aromatica) is often confused with ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) essential oil. The two are different.

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Basic Ravensara Facts

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.

Main components:

  • (+)-limonene    13.9–22.5%
  • sabinene          10.2–16.4%
  • isoledene          0.9–14.2%
  • estragole          2.4–11.9%
  • beta-caryophyllene 1.5–8.4%
  • beta-myrcene    5.0–7.3%

Safety: Maximum dermal limit of 1%.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Ravensara Essential Oil Benefits

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: Uses of ravensara essential oil include helping 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.

Sacred Oils: Ravensara heals soul wounds, releases inner pain and turmoil, heals a sense of not being good enough or not being heard, heals a feeling of being unloved or unlovable, and has an affinity with the crown (7th) chakra.

Ravensara Essential Oil Uses and Blends

Ravensara may help you set and maintain clear and healthy boundaries, according to Ravensara Essential Oil by KG Stiles. 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

  • 8 drops ravensara
  • 8 drops cypress essential oil
  • 8 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
  • 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 3 drops neroli essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Blend oils. Massage as needed into painful areas.

Decongestant Inhalation Blend

  • 5 drops ravensara
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

Blend essential oils. Use 1 to 3 drops in a steam inhalation.

Base Formula: Ravensara can boost energy and to help relieve aching muscles, coughs and colds, and blemishes.

These two adapted blends are adapted from Base Formula:

Cough and Cold Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops ravensara
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil

Facial Oil for Blemished Skin

  • 5 tablespoons organic rosehip oil
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons evening primrose oil
  • 6 drops ravensara  
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops tea tree essential oil

Blend all ingredients in a glass bottle. Spot test before using extensively. Apply to skin once or twice a day.

According to Shanti Dechen CCAP, CAI, LMT ("Autumn is Here: The Metal Element," NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2016.3, p. 18.), use ravensara essential oil to help relieve colds and flu, bronchitis, catarrh, earache, rhinitis, sinusitis, and throat infections. The oil can also help reduce joint pain, lymph congestion, fevers, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains.

Bath Blend

  • 2 drops ravensara essential oil
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus radiata essential oil
  • 2 drops myrtle essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Blend the oils and stir them into the bath.

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