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 has often been 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:
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%.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use ravintsara to help 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.
West Coast Aromatherapy: Ravintsara supports the immune system and may help relieve colds and flu. The essential oil clears the mind and helps relieve nervous fatigue and depression.
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
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 oils with ravintsara: