Can’t you just hear Hermione Granger saying that? In all seriousness though, we want to get this specific confusion out of the way. Ravintsara and Ravensara are both essential oils from the plant family Lauraceae and have many similarities but are NOT the same oil. (And YES, we are aware the label was misprinted. We are in the process of getting it fixed, but until then, c’est la vie!)
Ravintsara Fun Facts
Extraction: Cultivated in Madagascar, the large leaves are steam distilled into a colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Ravintsara Properties: analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, disinfectant, expectorant, mucolytic, relaxant.
What that means is Ravintsara essential oil can be used for a wide variety of ailments from excess mucus to viral respiratory issues, fatigue to shingles. It is very effective in treating a variety of more serious respiratory conditions including bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain and soreness. It may also help relieve joint soreness associated with arthritis and rheumatism. Ravintsara essential oil is also known to help calm the nerves and relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus (radiata), Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Wild Orange, Tangerine.
Caution: Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.
Ravintsara Essential Oil Possible Uses:
For Colds and Flu:
~Diffuse a few drops at night in your diffuser at bedtime to help with congestion as well as cleaning your body of certain toxins. Bonus- it will help you get a good night of sleep.
~Steam inhalation – add 6-8 drops of Ravintsara essential oil to a bowl or sink with hot water. Cover your head and shoulders with a towel and inhale the vapors (use caution with hot steam).
For Respiratory Problems:
~Applying 3 drops of oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil to your chest to relieve breathing troubles.
~It is also a good expectorant which can help reduce and dilute any mucus that may be blocking your airways. Can be combined with peppermint essential oil for an even greater effect.
For Stress and Emotional Wellbeing:
~Diffuse or inhale directly from the bottle.
~Apply topically to your temples and back of neck to relieve anxiety.
To Promote Sleep:
~You can diffuse Ravintsara through the night or add a few drops of the oil to your pillow and inhale it all night long.
For Joint and Muscle Pains:
~Add a few drops of Ravintsara to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your muscles and joints.
So why are we sharing all of this wonderful information about Ravintsara essential oil when it’s not in our regular store? This month we are excited to introduce Ravintsara Essential Oil to the Oil of the Month line up! It’s a great oil to kick off the year as we plunge through winter and all the aches, pains, and illnesses that brings. Sign up today to get your 15ml bottle and kick off 2018 right!
~The Spark Team~