Also known as Ho Leaf Oil, Ravintsara Oil is often confused with Ravensara Oil, Ravintsara and Ravensara are very different essential oils.
The aroma of Ravintsara Oil is somewhat similar to Eucalyptus in some ways, but we find it to be greener. Aromatically, it blends especially well with Eucalyptus and oils in the wood, mint and citrus families.
Emotionally, the oil shows a lot of promise for use in helping to focus in the midst of stressful situations and for helping to calm the nerves.
Although some sources suggest use of Ravintsara for viral and respiratory issues with children, it's important to heed Tisserand and Young's precautions (see Safety Information) below.
Aromatic Profile: Fresh, earthy, eucalyptus-like with woody and subtle peppery notes.
Appearance: Transparent clear.
Use: Influenza, Shingles, Supports the Immune System, Stress, Depression, Calms the Nerves, Promotes Sleep, Muscular Aches and Pains. [Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D., The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2011), 125, 142, 144, 178.] In addition to these uses, Dr. Schnaubelt discusses the applications for Ravintsara alongside conventional cancer treatment on page 178..
Blending Suggestions: Our 5% dilution in Sunflower oil makes fossilized Amber oil more affordable and easier to use. Not soluble in alcohol.
Blends well with: Angelica, Balsam of Peru, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Cocao, Fir Balsam, Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Tobacco, Tuberose, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.
Tisserand and Young remind that "essential oils high in 1,8-cineole can cause CNS [central nervous system] and breathing problems in young children." They also caution not to use topically near the face of babies and children. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 304.].