Aromathérapie Santé au naturel

Ravintsara essential oil, a Malagasy treasure

Huile essentielle de Ravintsara, un trésor Malgache

Ravintsara essential oil is a must-have for aromatherapy lovers. Recognized for its superb anti-viral, immunostimulating and anti-infectious properties, it helps fight against many ailments.

Ravintsara essential oil

How to recognize it?

The Ravintsara or Madagascar Camphor Tree ( Cinnamomum camphora CT 1.8 cineole ) is part of the Lauraceae family.

Both wild and cultivated, the bushy tree measures 5 to 8 meters and can reach up to 15 meters. It likes humid, sunny areas. It favors areas with high rainfall, temperatures above 5°C, and sandy, draining soil because its roots cannot tolerate being waterlogged.

The dark colored leaves are oval, broad, evergreen and shiny on the upper side. They give off a fresh smell linked to the presence of 1.8 cineole . Ravintsara essential oil is obtained by distillation of the leaves .

Flowering takes place from November to January, the flowers are greenish and have 3 petals. The fruit consists of a berry divided into 6 quarters, each containing a seed.

Origin of Ravintsara

Still unknown in the 1980s , Ravintsara is imported from Asia to Madagascar. Originally, this species contained a high concentration of camphor but its chemical composition evolved on Malagasy soil . When it is established in the lands of Madagascar, the plant mutates and practically no longer contains camphor; on the other hand, it is enriched in another molecule: 1.8 cineole .

Used in traditional medicine by traditional practitioners, it is very effective in treating several illnesses. Hence its name Ravintsara, which means “leaf good for everything” . In Malagasy: Ravina = Leaf , Tsara = Good . It is described as miraculous, capable of curing all kinds of illnesses and infections, a “ medicine tree ”. The Malagasy use it to treat a multitude of ailments, and to flavor artisanal rum.

The particularity of Ravintsara lies in the fact that once adapted to the Malagasy terroir, it became a camphor tree without camphor. In low altitude humid areas, we witness its rapid growth. On the other hand, in the highlands, its growth is rather slow and its quality significantly higher. Indeed, following water stress and the cooler climate, the tree produces more essence and thus gains in composition (cineol ) and olfactory quality.

What is it used for ?

Ravintsara provides an exceptional essential oil to fight against winter illnesses and other viruses. It is impressive from every point of view: effectiveness, safety, tolerance. It is used for respiratory infections such as rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, and wet coughs. A superb antiviral , it is also a useful ally for the prevention of flu, and to fight against any form of viral infection: herpes, hepatitis, etc. Neurotonic , it rebalances the nervous system, it tones up during a slump and slows down conversely, “speed” shots. Each individual will therefore be able to react differently to this essential oil, some will feel calmer and others more dynamic. It helps rebalance the body and regain calm.

In practice

As we said above, this essential oil is a great ally against many ailments, such as: colds, rhinitis, sinusitis, shingles, herpes, etc. Depending on its use, it can be used orally, cutaneously or even in olfaction.

Here are some tips and advice for use:

Boost your immunity

Apply 2 drops of Ravintsara essential oil to the wrists every morning (5 days a week) or 1 to 2 Ravintsara pearls before breakfast, every day, during the delicate period.


In case of flu or virus, 4 drops on the chest, 4 times a day for 7 days or if you prefer, on the spine. For little ones, massage 1 drop diluted with 2 drops of apricot kernel vegetable oil onto the arch of the foot (5 days a week). Thanks to this skin application, not only will you have all the benefits of the skin route (directly in the blood) and also the respiratory and ENT benefits. In addition, what is interesting about the application to the arches of the feet is that they are in direct contact with the pulmonary tract. As a result, the lungs will directly benefit from the benefits of Ravintsara cineol .

For skin application : as a precaution, you can dilute Ravintsara essential oil in a vegetable oil of your choice.

Lip button

Dilute 1 drop of Ravintsara essential oil with a carrier oil and apply to the affected area.

Runny nose

  • Inhaled, 5 drops in a bowl of steaming water , in the absence of fever, for 1 to 10 minutes, inhaled (3 times a day and it is recommended not to go outside immediately after inhalation);
  • Second tip : Dilute 1 to 2 drops of Ravintsara essential oil with a vegetable oil and massage into the sinuses . Be careful not to put the essential oil too close to the eyes. If essential oil gets in your eyes, rinse immediately with a vegetable oil.

Create your own sanitizing spray


Spray several times a day if necessary to purify the air and provide a pleasant scent.

If you don't want to create your own sanitizing spray, diffuse Ravintsara Essential Oil using your diffuser for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 times a day (10-15 drops of Essential Oil are enough) .

Diffusion via a diffuser or via a spray will purify the atmosphere. This simple gesture helps strengthen immunity and avoid the risk of contamination. You can also combine the Essential Oils of Scots Pine or Black Spruce in your diffusion synergy.

Precautions for use:

  • Not recommended during the first 3 months of pregnancy and in breastfeeding women;
  • For children for skin use only: from the age of 3 (see dosage);
  • Asthmatics and epileptics fear too high a level of 1.8 cineole. Ravintsara must be used knowingly.

A good alternative for people with asthma is Mandravasarotra Essential Oil . It is also a Malagasy treasure but comes from the other side of the island!

To find out more, seek advice from healthcare professionals.

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