Ravensara Essential oil

Ravensara is an aromatherapeutic essential oil and is commonly used to treat chest congestion. It is derived from Ravensara aromatica, a large tree from the rain forests of Madagascar.

Ravensara essential oil is known as “Cure All” oil in Madagascar as it works effectively against viral infections of all types.


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Ravensara aromatica belongs to the genus Cinnamomum. ‘Ravensara’ is the Latinization of the Malagasy word ‘Ravinstara’, which means ‘good leaf’ owing to its numerous health benefits. It is also considered to be safe for children.

Physical properties

Color: The color of this medium body essential oil is clear to pale yellow.

Odor: It has slightly sweet and fruity aroma almost eucalyptus like.

Consistency: Thin.

Aroma strength: Medium.

The gentle immune support property of Ravensara essential oil makes it one of the safest oils for children.


Ravenasara aromatic is known to be grown first in Madagascar, a country in the African continent. From here we get the essential oil Ravensara. Ravensara aromatica is a tall, green , leafy plant that can grow up to 1120 meters. The barks are reddish gray. All parts of the tree are aromatic, and for centuries, the locals of Madagascar have used this essential oil to treat various illnesses.

How to extract

Ravensara essential oil is extracted by the steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of Ravensara. In the 18th century, Baume distilled the essential oil from the bark.

Chemical composition

The chemicals present in Ravensara essential oil makes it well-balanced with varying properties. The chemical composition of Ravensara essential oil includes the following:

  • Eugenol: It is responsible for the antimicrobial activity of Ravensara oil.
  • Cineol: It is responsible for the oil’s antiviral property.
  • Linalol: It provides gentle, soothing and regenerative properties.
  • A-Pinine: It provides emotional support and soothes the nerves.
  • Limonine: Limonine is supportive of the gall bladder and helps with detoxification.


Although Ravensara is nontoxic, it may cause some skin irritation. The oil is best used in moderation. It is also wise to test all essential oils before use as they may cause allergic reactions. Also, do not consume the oil, and avoid the oil during pregnancy.


Ravensara essential oil has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, and diuretic properties. Thus, it has several health benefits, and has a reputation as a universal healing oil as it can be used for a broad spectrum of conditions.

  • It is good to combat influenza and beneficial for any type of respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, asthma, cold and congestion, sinusitis and flu.
  • Owing to its immune-stimulating property, Ravensara essential oil promotes detoxification. It is used as an excellent aromatic mist for use in the room because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • Its gentle action as an immune support makes it safe for children. It can be used for mononucleosis, shingles and cold sores in children.

It is always best to consult a doctor before using any alternative therapy, particularly when treating children.

Therapeutic Applications

Ravensara oil is a great analgesic. Thus, it is a great remedy for all types of pains like headaches, muscle pain, cramps, and joint pain. It stimulates the immune system of the body and is also used as a diuretic. Since it also soothes and calms the nerves, it is beneficial for treating mental and physical fatigue.

Blends well with

The oil blends well with bay, bergamot, black pepper, cedar wood, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, thyme and sandalwood oils.

Like lavender, ravensara essential oil can be enhanced by blending with one or two others.

  • For respiratory support it can be blended with pine, thyme, and eucalyptus.
  • For sinus congestion, lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus can be effective.

For pain relief, chamomile, lavender, and marjoram are potential essential oil combinations.

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