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Ravintsara essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole) is steam distilled from the leaves of the tree that grows in Madagascar. Due to the similar names, ravintsara is often confused with the completely different ravensara essential oil (Ravensara aromatica).
More confusion arises because the Cinnamomum camphora tree has three chemotypes that produce different essential oils:
Sources: Robert Tisserand and The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1
Plant family: Lauraceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of the Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole tree.
Aroma: Earthy, woody, camphorous
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top.
Is ravintsara safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is ravintsara essential oil safe for children? Do not use near the face of young children.
Safety: Recommended maximum dermal limit of 11%.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses for ravintsara essential oil include helping relieve bronchial congestion, colds, sinusitis, rhinitis, excess mucus, and general fatigue.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Ravintsara supports the respiratory system, helping relieve coughs, colds, flu, laryngitis, and other respiratory problems. The oil may also help get rid of warts and athlete's foot, soothe aching muscles and joints, and relieve nervous debility.
Jeanne Rose: Ravintsara has many of the same uses (like relief of respiratory ailments, especially colds and flu) as eucalyptus. Use ravintsara to make an invigorating massage oil that helps clear the mind and relieve nervous fatigue and depressed feelings.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: Ravintsara supports the immune system, calms the nerves, and helps relieve flu symptoms.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, ravintsara stimulates the mind and promotes alertness while also promoting motivation and self-confidence. Physically, the essential oil restores and warms hypotonic/weak and asthenic/cold conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of the oil is to tonify the Qi, raise the Yang, and strengthen the Shen.
Diffuse ravintsara to support breathing exercises.
Air Clearing Diffuser Blend
Therapeutic Bath Salt for Cold and Flu
Use these bath salts to relieve the aches, pains, and discomfort of colds, cough, and flu.
To use: Add about two tablespoons to your bathwater. Soak and enjoy.
Source: Essential Living
Blend oils. Stir the blend into a warm/hot bath. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. If desired, also add one cup sea salt to the bath.
Adult Chest Rub
Blend oils in a small glass container. Apply a few drops to the chest every 3 to 4 hours as needed to open up the chest and improve breathing. Store unused blend in the refrigerator.
Source: Plant Therapy
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1 suggests blending the following essential oil blends with ravintsara:
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