How to Use Ravintsara Essential Oil


Ravintsara, Cinnamomum camphora, essential oil has antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and widely used for respiratory conditions and infection.

Ravintsara is also known as Ho leaf oil.

Our ravintsara oil originates from Madagascar.

Ravintsara essential oil is extracted from the glossy and waxy leaves of the Cinnamomum camphora evergreen tree that smell of camphor when crushed.

Ravintsara essential oil has a fresh, clean, eucalyptus-like smell with slight peppery notes.

Ravintsara oil is high in 1.8 cineol, alpha pinene and beta pinene.


Benefits of ravintsara essential oil

On emotional plane Ravintsara oil soothes anxiety and stress.

On 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, and most important, supports the immune system.


The therapeutic properties of ravintsara oil


The following chemical families are found in the ravintsara oil

Monoterpenes’ properties:

  • Antiseptics
  • Improve circulation
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial or viral
  • Penetration enhancers
  • Airborne purifiers


Monoterpenols’ properties:

  • Anti-infectious
  • anti-bacterial, -fungal, -viral
  • Non-toxic and mild
  • Healing for the skin
  • Tonic for the nervous system


Oxides’ properties:

  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Expectorant
  • Mucolytic


Ravintsara oil blends well with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils for respiratory infection, with rosemary and lemon essential oils for mental fatigue.


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 (Central Nervous System) and breathing problems.


How to use ravintsara essential oil

  • in a diffuser 3 drops
  • inhalation direct or in steaming water 1-3 drops
  • in synergistic blends
  • in a rub diluted 3-5 drops in a spoon of carrier such as sweet almond
  • or in arnica infused oil for pain relief.

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