Ravintsara (Ho Leaf) ct. cineole
Plant Origin: Madagascar
Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Cultivation: Grown using organic methods
Chemical Family: Oxide, Ether
Aroma: Fresh, eucalyptus-like, peppery, earthy
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis Lot# HWL-102
trans caryophyllene 2.47%
RaVINTsara is high in 1,8-cineole, which gives it an aroma similar to Eucalyptus Globulus, whereas RaVENsara has a spicy, herbal aroma and lacks the component that would make it the best choice for respiratory issues.
~ For clarification about the differences between Ravensara and Ravintsara, scroll down ~
Children? Do not apply on or near the face of infants or young children.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? HEO's variety is suitable. Ravintsara high in Camphor is not suitable (Tisserand/Young).
Ravintsara essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Allergies, reduces tendency
Growing tonic for children
Muscles, minor aches and pain
Uplifting (Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops orally can be taken a nerve tonic and for depression.)
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil. Maximum dermal use level is 11%.
CAUTION: Do on use on or near the face of a baby or young child. See Safety information at the bottom of the page.
Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler. Ravintsara is considered a "safe" oil and good to use with children who are sick. It's a good choice to diffuse to prevent the spread of germs and illness.
Internal: Ravintsara is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for more information about internal usage.
Kurt Schnaubelt, in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p.43), states that, "because of its mild nature and tonifying character, Ravintsara also lends itself to internal use. On page 133, Schnaubelt wrote that 1-3 drops orally can be taken a nerve tonic and for depression.
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
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(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12)
1. My grandson was born 8 weeks premature
, and his lungs were underdeveloped
, so he was on a respirator. I overnighted Ravintsara to my son since it's the single oil most noted for lung issues. The night before the Ravintara arrived, they noticed his lungs were collapsing. In the morning, the Ravintsara arrived. My son put a drop of Ravintsara on each of the baby's feet every 15 minutes and rubbed the lung points [between the pads on the bottoms of the feet] throughout the day. The doctors were able to drop the oxygen levels from 70% to 25% as his lungs responded so well and grew better and were better able to absorb O2 from the air. Ravintsara is incredible!
2. Ravintsara is my favorite for allergies
and feeling a sinus infection
coming on! I just put a dab on each maxillary sinus at night, and in the morning the pain is gone. Occasionally I put some more on the next day if it still hurts. I haven’t had a sinus infection since finding the oils. I have also tried Sinus Relief, Respiratory Relief too and like them all, but Ravintsara is just a single oil, and it seems to be my favorite, as it does the trick! I told a friend about Ravintsara and she wanted to try it. She had been having to blow her nose all day long. She barely smelled it and all of a sudden she said she could breathe clearly. I gave her some in a little 2 ml bottle (I buy lots of these so i can give samples to friends), and she has loved it. It cleared her nose blowing up immediately. Then she began asking me for something for migraine for her daughter-in-law so i gave her another little bottle — of Peppermint. I am amazed at how simple life is when you can have a supply of oils on hand for not much money, and we can help so many people to eliminate physical misery! We go to our lake house about every two week, and I always take all my oils with me as someone is always needing help! They now kid me and call me the “oil lady”! - Margaret
3. I have been using Ravintsara for my allergy issues
which often develop into sinus pressure and infection. I have been sharing it all summer when someone I see has respiratory problems. I ordered a large bottle and can’t even tell you how many tiny sample bottles I have given out! People are amazed! It’s my favorite! It helps me to breathe and drains my sinuses immediately. It’s my “wonder drug”!!! I keep running out of your cards as I send one along with every sample I give to people to try! People LOVE it!! This last week Ragweed
hit our area and hit me really hard. I kept using the Ravintsara but finally decided to add Plague Defense and then finally when I KNEW I had a sinus infection, I added Warrior. This was the first sinus infection I’ve since I've known about your oils, and I was NOT planning to go to the Dr.! I switched from Ravintsara to Alive
—I was trying everything I had to get over it! I I was pretty sick for three days, but once I added Warrior
, I could feel I was going to get better. By the morning of the fourth day, I was BETTER!!! I am so excited not to have to burden my body with antibiotics and cortisone!! So now I am placing an order for a big bottle of Alive too! I like the Alive once I am sick, but plan to go back to Ravintsara once I'm over it completely. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I know you give all the credit to our Lord, but you also share your knowledge and help us! - Maggie
Application clarification from Maggie:
- I apply directly (undiluted) on maxillary sinus (which is where I usually get infections), on throat and near ears, on my lymph glands--wherever I hurt. I have used it for months quite often (not every day though), and it has never bothered my skin. I also read it’s uplifting and good for headaches. Everyone I have shared it with loves it!
- I apply in the same places undiluted instead of Ravintsara since I had gotten a sinus infection, and it does feel warm for a few minutes, but not hot, so for now I will keep using it undiluted. Alive is not the same as Ravintsara.
- I only apply to the bottoms of my feet (undiluted). I put all things on bottom of feet near where vita flex points are. For example: The big toe represents head and brain, so I put it there, and the sinus “line” appears to me to be across the bottom of all toes. I am just learning but to me there doesn’t seem to be a total right or wrong. As long as it goes into body, it seems to help!
: Although Maggie's done fine with with undiluted use, traditionally the oils are diluted, or rather "extended" with a carrier oil, which reduces any risk of skin irritation or sensitization. For more information, please read Hopewell's OIL USAGE
4. I have read that Ravintsara can be an issue for little ones (an ingredient in Lung Healing), although we used it on my 4-year-old granddaughter (diluted of course) when she was in the hospital with viral pnemonia. She had been in for 5 days and they could not keep her O2 sats above 90. Two hours after using Ravintsara, her O2 sats started rising and never went down again. It was pretty dramatic. She is not a typical child, as she has a genetic disease that makes her more prone to many problems. That being said she was 4 years old. We applied it on her feet. At the time we had not heard that it "should not" be used on small children. My daughter (who is a pediatric nurse) continued to use it every 3 hours or so, applying just a swipe on the feet, and my granddaughter continued to improve. The hospital had not changed anything; she was not on an antibiotic as it was viral. The only change was the Ravintsara. Anecdotal testimony, but pretty compelling. [HEO's Comment: The caution with RaVINTsara is that the 1,8-cineole constituent can cause breathing issues if applied on or near the face of a young child. When appropriately diluted and not applied on or near the face, it is an excellent choice. Sometimes, you have to balance risk with benefit, and in this situation, the Lord blessed the decision to use it. ] - Mary Anne
Let’s Settle the Confusion: RaVENsara or RaVINTsara?
Many years of teaching and literature written about Ravensara have actually served to heap confusion on the distinctions between Ravensara and Ravintsara. In many cases, when one speaker or author spoke or wrote about Ravensara, they were actually referring to Ravintsara. These are well respected people who have mistakenly believed that the oil they referred to and sold as Ravensara was truly Ravensara, where instead it was Ravintsara. Therefore, be aware that many books and testimonials online about Ravensara are really about Ravintsara!
“Cinnamomum camphora [Ravintsara] from Formosa is also confusingly called “ravensara” by oil sellers, and even worse, is often incorrectly described as Ravensara aromatica . . . As the plant has become adapted to the Malagasy climate, it has lost the ability to produce camphor, and the oil is mainly composed of sabinene (13-15%) and over 50% of 1,8-cineol.
(International Journal of Aromatherapy Vol 11. Number 1, edited by Robert Harris)
The confusion is easily remedied once these oils are tested by a reputable chemist. Both of these oils we sell are organically grown and GC/MS analyzed so there is no doubt that what we sell as Ravensara and Ravintsara will live up to their names.
Ravensara - high in limonene, delta 3-carene and sabinene (monoterpenes that support immune response, are anti-inflammatory and analgesic), making it the preferred choice for shingles, herpes and other viral issues. Ravensara is one of the most powerful anti-viral oils and has been used by our family and friends blended with Tamanu oil to ease the pain and inflammation of shingles and all forms of herpes. Ravensara is mild and suitable for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Aromatherapist, Valerie Worwood includes Ravensara in the basic care kit for children.Kurt Schnaubelt mentions the effectiveness of Ravensara for shingles in Medical Aromatheapy.
Ravintsara - high 1,8-cineole making it similar to Eucalyptus Globulus, having respiratory and immune-boosting properties. Ravintsara contains at least 45% 1,8-cineole rather than the 5% found in Ravensara aromatica. Kurt Schnaubelt mentions the effectiveness of Ravintsara for shingles in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils.
CAUTION for Children: Essential oils high in 1,8-cineole (Ravintsara) can cause CNS and breathing problems in young children, and should not be applied to or near their faces under ten years of age (Tisserand, pages 656-657, 273). Tisserand writes: "Any oil with 40% or more 1,8-cineole should not be applied to the face of infants or children or otherwise inhaled by them" (page 109). Appropriately diluted for the child, the blend will fall well-within the range of safe use, as it would contain far less than 40% 1,8-cineole. Regarding inhalation/diffusing, Tisserand writes: "For children of 5 years old or less, direct inhalation should be avoided. Direct inhalation includes inhaling essential oils from the hands, a cotton ball, a nasal inhaler, a bowl of hot water or similar. Indirect, or ambient inhalation, is safe for young children, and includes any method that vaporizes essential oils into the air (page 658).”
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, page 290.
Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z, New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999.
Purchon, Nerys; Cantele, Lora, Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, 2014, page 101.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, 2011.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy, 1999.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 152-153, 273, 303-305, 656-658.
Worwood, Valerie, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, page 34.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 615-616.