Briefly: there is a tendency to err between Ravensara and Ravintsara. Although the name is almost identical – both are derived from different trees, their fragrance is different and while Ravensara is not recommended for use in children and certainly not in infants – Ravintsara is safe to use from the first few weeks. Know the oil that helps to treat respiratory diseases, strengthens the immune system, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. In short -one more oil that you should have at home.
Ravintsara oil is produced from a tree called Cinnamonum Camphora belonging to the Aryan family and originates mainly in tropical regions. This species produces completely different essential oils depending on the country in which it is grown. The same tree that grows in Japan produces camphor oil, in China it is producing the Hoo-wood oil and in Madagascar Ravintsara oil (although it is the same type of essential oils and their contents are completely different and the composition of the Ravintsara does not resemble Camphor oil). At the beginning of the 19th century he was brought to Madagascar where he was given the name ” Ravintsara ” which means “good tree” in the local language. The oil is produced by cracking the leaves of the tree and its fragrance is very reminiscent of the fragrance of eucalyptus oil.
It should be noted that the Ravensara oil is different from the Ravintsara despite their almost identical name, the country of origin of Madagascar. They are produced from different trees and have a different smell. Ravensara oil is produced from the ravensara aromatica plant and is very powerful but it is dangerous for children to use. The oil contains about 80% astrogal or chemical names – Estragole, methyl chavicol – see source 3 – for chemical testing of this oil. Astrogel is a substance suspected of being carcinogenic and damaging to genetic replication in the cell and causing mutations (see source 4). For this reason, Ravensara oil is not recommended for use in infants and adults and used when needed for treatment in careful and precise use.
In conclusion, Ravensara oil is not safe for use in children and should be thoroughly understood and know how to dilute it. In contrast, Ravintsara oil is safe for use with children, adults, the elderly, sensitive people and there are no contraindications against use.
Advantages of Ravintsara Oil:
• Suitable for all ages
• Relaxing nervous system
• Strengthens immune system
• Antibacterial and anti-viral
• Excellent for use in cases of difficulty breathing, colds, cough, phlegm, respiratory tract infections, sinus infections
• Helps to soothe allergies and infections.
When to pull it out of the aromatherapy cabinet?
* Important to know – Do not use oil directly on the skin. Mix it with base oil.
In the winter – the oil will help strengthen the immune system, will keep viruses and bacteria away. If you suffer from winter illnesses, it is highly recommended to use Ravintsara oil as it helps, relieves congestion of phlegm, helps in opening the respiratory system, relieves colds and flu.
In cases of respiratory problems – for people with asthma, bronchitis, sinus problems, pneumonia or congestion of phlegm that interferes with normal breathing. Massage with Ravintsara Oil will help expand blood vessels and provide better oxygen flow
Disinfection of wounds / bites – of course, it is only flat wounds – the oil will help in a faster recovery.
For sleep and stress situations – the oil is effective in reducing anxiety and stress, if you suffer from insomnia combine it with lavender. The combination of both relaxing and helps inspired by sleep.
Ways to use oil:
Massage – Mix 2-3 drops on each tablespoon of base oil (almonds or grape seeds) and massage. In cases of cold, massage in the chest and upper back areas.
Massage for babies – mix a tablespoon of base oil with a drop of Ravintsara oil. You should also add a drop of lavender oil and massage the baby.
We have blend for you an excellent massage oil based on Ravintsara. An excellent combination of oils suitable for all ages and helps in opening the respiratory system and treating winter diseases.
In the burner – drizzle 2-3 drops of oil.
Aromatherapy pendant – with our pendants you can stay with the fragrance of the Ravantisara throughout the day. Drip 2-3 drops and enjoy close protection.
Babies and children with straddling / wheezing / annoying coughing – you can drop a few drops into one of our pendants and put them close to the bed.
In the bath – a great solution especially for children suffering from breathing difficulties and winter illnesses – Mix the oil with base oil, put into the hot water of the bath and enjoy Mars that will do wonders for breathing. Mixing with the base oil will help absorb the Ravintsara oil in the body. Be careful of the plot.
The information in this article are from the author best knowledge and does not replace medical advice.
Professional information for reference:
3. Chemical Composition of Ravensara aromatica Sonn. Leaf Essential Oils from Madagascar, Journal of Essential Oil Research 18 (2): 215-217 • March 2006
4. Estragole- WikiPedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estraogle