Difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara

Botanical name of ravensara is ravensara aromatica and ravintsara – cinnamomum camphora. Find below the difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara well a few of them actually.

Origin difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara essentail oil

Ravensara originates from the ravensara tree endimic to Madagascar and ravintsara is also grown now in Madagascar but the cinnamomum camphora tree originally is from China.

Both are extracted by steam distillation from the leaves.

Ravintsara is also known as Ho leaf oil and ravensara as Ho wood oil.

Aroma difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara

Ravintsara essential oil has a fresh, clean, eucalyptus-like smell with slight peppery notes. The aroma is refreshing and energising.

It blends well with eucalyptus, woody, minty and citrus oils.

Ravensara oil has a slightly fruity with a medicinal hint aroma, a bit like rosemary but more delicate and sweet.

It blends well with bay laurel, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, cedar wood, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, pine, rosemary,  sandalwood, tea tree, and thyme.

Composition difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara oil

Although Ravintsara oil is distilled from the same plant that yields various camphor oils, camphor does not appear as a constituent in GCMS reports. It is high in 1.8 cineol, alpha pinene and beta pinene.

Ravensara oil is high in methyl eugenol, contains alpha pinene, delta carene, caryophyllenne, germacrene, limonene, linalool, methyl chavicol, sabinene, and terpineol.

Benefit difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara

On the emotional plane Ravintsara oil soothes anxiety and stress.

On the physical plane it shows antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties for respiratory conditions and infection. It has an immunostimulant capacity due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and tonic actions.

Ravintsara is great for reducing pain and headaches.

Ravintsara oil is used for flu, muscular pains and aches; stress, depression, calms the nerves, promotes sleep, supports the immune system.

Ravensara oil has been used as a tonic and for fighting infections: prevents bacterial infections, inhibits fungal infections, fights viral infections, prevent sepsis, acts as disinfectant. It reduces pain, including toothaches, headache, muscular and joint pain, and earaches; allergic reactions; reduces depression, cures spasms, expectorant, reduces stress.

Safety difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara

Generally ravintsara is non-toxic and non-irritating, but can be skin irritating if oxidised. Use with care for children under 10 years old as it can cause CNS and breathing problems.

Ravensara is safe, generally speaking, as far as it is diluted professionally.

If you have any questions on the difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara please leave a comment below.

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This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Tiffany

    What is CNS?

    1. Marco van Hattem

      Central Nervous System

    2. Marie

      For coronavirus which is best ravensara or ravintsara.
      Thank you.

  2. Lynne

    I only have access to ravensara – would it have any benefit against coronavirus?

    1. Marco van Hattem

      No sorry would be great if it did though

    2. Vickie

      Yes Ravensara will fight virus and kill bacteria. A lot of places only see the raventsara. Ravensara is all they used for flu and virus. I’ve got a bottle and I use it and it works. Read above where they explain all that

  3. angela

    Are any for internal use ? One or two drops I mean, of course

  4. Anna

    Is it safe to take a couple of drops of raven Sara with honey?

      1. Olga

        Hi again cough which one is better? Always used Ravensara essential oil external diluted with olive oil.

        1. Marco van Hattem

          Hi Olga, you probably need to use Ravensara if it helped you before.

    1. Vickie

      Yes Ravensara will fight virus and kill bacteria. A lot of places only see the raventsara. Ravensara is all they used for flu and virus. I’ve got a bottle and I use it and it works. Read above where they explain all that. These oils are not to take internal. You don’t have to. Diffuse and the oil goes straight into blood stream. Then it knows as it travels thru the body, just where it need s to go. Inhaling it won’t go to your liver like Internally Try it with eucalyptus radiata and maybe Lemmon to Mellow out the scent

  5. Veronica

    How would a person use Ravintsara for anxiety?

    1. Marco van Hattem

      Essential oils work in harmony with de-stressing massage, yoga, meditation or simple relaxation with diffusion/inhalation. You can diffuse a few drops or mix a couple of drops with a spoon of a carrier such as sweet almond and massage your feet, back of the neck, chest. put a drop of the oil on your clothing and inhale.

  6. Joan

    Does Ho Wood essential oil work the same as Ravinstara?

    1. Marco van Hattem

      Hi Joan, rosewood and ravintsara have similar antimicrobial and immunity stimulating properties due to their chemical components. Rosewood is more gentle and healing for the skin.

  7. Vickie

    Ho leaf works like ravines. Not ho wood

  8. Vickie

    Ho leaf works like Ravensara. Not ho wood

  9. Vickie

    To clear this up…Ravinstara IS holeaf
    Ravinsara IS howood

  10. Ge

    Can we eat both of them? I was taking one drop on ravinstara each morning

    1. Marco van Hattem

      We don’t recommend taking any essential internally

  11. Tansy

    Hi, would you be able to tell me how you would use ravensara (it sounds like that is the on to use, not ravintsara in this case) for fungal toe nail infections please?

    1. Marco van Hattem

      Hi Tansy, thank you for asking.
      Both oils can be helpful for fighting fungal infection as both show anti-fungal properties. As a certified aromatherapist I would recommend asking for professional help in this case. I do have a history of helping with fungal toe infection and the formula works well. I could provide a blend for you, just let me know.
      Kind regards,

  12. Kamila

    Hello,which one to use with chicken pox ? (For little choldren) I found different opinions. Thank you

    1. Marco van Hattem

      Hi Kamilla, we would use neither ravintsara nor ravensara oil for small children, but Roman chamomile and Lavender diluted in some carrier to relieve itchiness.
      Kind regards,


  13. Daniela

    How do I use the oil in baby 5 months old with a cold ?
    Thank you

    1. Marco van Hattem

      For baby that young I would rather use organic lavender oil in diffuser and 1drop in bath.

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