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Ravintsara Essential Oil: Benefits

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Ravintsara -What?

Ravintsara essential oil is distilled from an evergreen tree, Cinnamomum Camphora, that grows 60-90 feet tall. This tree is native to China, Southern Japan, and other oriental countries. It’s also found in Madagascar, which is where most ravintsara essential oil comes from. The leaves contain a substance known as 1.8-cineol. Scientist describe 1.8-cineol as having natural anti-inflammatory properties. Ravintsara is very good for helping respiratory problems such as bronchitis or asthma because of the high amount of this substance. Children should not have oils high in 1.8-cineol placed near the mouth or nose (and definitely not internally), but diffusing them aromatically is safe for everyone. (For more safety information read the link at the bottom.)

Health Benefits

Allergies and Respiratory Infection

It is a decongestant- helps the body remove extra mucous, and it's anti-inflammatory, which reduces swelling caused by allergies. avintsara essential oil is distilled from an evergreen tree, Cinnamomum Camphora, that grows 60-90 feet tall. This tree is native to China, Southern Japan, and other oriental countries. It’s also found in Madagascar, which is where most ravintsara essential oil comes from. The leaves contain a substance known as 1.8-cineol. Scientist describe 1.8-cineol as having natural anti-inflammatory properties. Ravintsara is very good for helping respiratory problems such as bronchitis or asthma because of the high amount of this substance. Children should not have oils high in 1.8-cineol placed near the mouth or nose (and definitely not internally), but diffusing them aromatically is safe for everyone. (For more safety information read the link at the bottom.)

Antimicrobial and Antiviral

Step one in getting sick is to be exposed to germs. Ravintsara essential oil will kill sickness causing microbes and virus’.

Boosts Immunity 

Flu season is just around the corner and we can always use a little extra immunity. Ravintsara gives your immune system a kick to get it in gear so you will stay healthy. 

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Ravintsara or Ravensara

We’ve been talking about Ravintsara and I’ve completely neglected to mention it’s close cousin Ravensara. Ravensara essential oil is distilled from a tree closely related to the Cinnamomum Camphora; both trees are grown in Madagascar. Ravensara has a milder smell more reminiscent of licorice and spice, whereas ravintsara smells similar to eucalyptus oil with added notes of woodiness. (This is due to the high amounts of that 1.8-cineol substance we talked about earlier.)

After a LOT of research on the differences of Ravintsara verses Ravensara, I’ve found that Ravintsara will be the best choice for my family. They are similar oils- even come from related plants. With similar properties and benefits, but RAVINTsara’s higher levels of 1.8-cineol put it ahead of RAVENsara for me. What was the real kicker was that RAVINTsara is considered safer for pregnant/nursing mothers and small children. As a nursing mom with small kids, I’m going to stick with RAVINTsara for now.

In case you're wondering about the safety of Eucalyptus and other 1.8-cineole containing oils, here is a great resource I stumbled upon during my own research. http://theida.com/is-eucalyptus-safe-for-children-part-i/

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Shannon Walter

About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.

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