Ravensara essential oil, ravensara aromatica, is referred to as "the oil that heals". It is used for respiratory problems, cuts, wounds, liver and lung infections, rhinopharyngitis, flu, sinusitis, viral hepatitis, cholera, herpes, mononucleosis, insomnia, muscle fatigue, frigidity, headaches, nausea, nervous tension, colds, coughs, fever, cold sores, shingles and burns. Ravensara essential oil has been used in Madagascar for generations for its tonic and anti-viral properties, and its essential oil, has moreover proved to be a great anti-stress remedy. It is well known as an active virus and retrovirus fighter and for recovering healthy breathing . Ravensara is ideal for use in an aerosol: to disinfect a room which might have been contaminated. Its aroma is slightly medicinal, eucalyptus-like, and slightly sweet with a fruity hint.
The Ravensara tree, ravensara aromatica, is 20 meters high with several buttress roots at the base. It has reddish bark and strongly aromatic, simple, elliptical leaves. It is easily distinguished by its small green flowers (of 2mm length). It is an endemic plant of Madagascar, and is referred to as "the oil that heals". Ravensara is abundant in the humid central eastern rain forest of Madagascar between 700 and 1000 meters altitude. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the leaf.
Ravensara essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, marjoram, pine, rosemary sandalwood, tea tree, thyme and lemon.
Ravensara oil cautions - No known contraindications. Do not use during pregnancy.
Ravensara oil properties - Expectorant, neurotonic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic.