Difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara

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.

This Post Has 12 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

  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?

  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.

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