Ravintsara Essential Oil: The Antiviral Starlet

Ravintsara essential oil is used in aromatherapy to temporarily relieve coughs due to colds.

Native of Asia, Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora cineoliferum) grows on the Island of Madagascar where it is also named Camphor Malgache. Its essential oil is obtained from distilling its leaves, which smell a lot like camphor. Well known for its powerful antiviral and its natural antiseptic qualities, Ravintsara essential oil is reputed to prevent viruses from spreading while strengthening the immune system. Rich in cineole, it acts as a relaxant for inflammation and on the nervous system due to its concentration in terpene.

For topical application use (adults): Mix 1 to 5 drops in 1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) of vegetable oil; apply evenly in thin layers on the chest every 8 hours up to 3 times a day.

Not to confuse Ravintsara with Ravensare (Ravensara Aromatica), a tree sadly on the road to extinction that produces 2 essential oils (depending on whether the leaves or the bark is used), which properties differ from those of the Ravintsara tree.

Recipes in Synergy – Topical Application (adults)

First sign of influenza, cold: Mix 4 drops of Niaouli and 4 drops of Ravintsara essential oils with 1 teaspoon of massage vegetable oil (Jojoba, Sweet Almond or other). Apply on the nape of the neck, forearms and chest.

Bronchitis or other respiratory disorders: Mix 4 to 5 drops of Eucalyptus – Blue Gum and 4 to 5 drops of Ravintsara essential oils in 1 teaspoon of massage vegetable oil (Jojoba, Sweet Almond or other). Apply on back and chest.

Antifatigue: For an antifatigue effect, rub 1 drop on each wrist.

Recipies in Synergy – Diffusion

Mix 6 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata and 6 drops of Ravintsara essential oils in a bowl of warm water or diffuser. Inhale slowly or enjoy the effect of the diffusion.

Be prepared to fight viruses with Ravintsara essential oil!

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