Green Valley Aromatherapy


General Properties

  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • expectorant
  • febrifuge
  • immuno-stimulant
  • muscle relaxant
  • nervine
Origin: Madagascar. Steam distilled from the leaves. Middle note.


Ravensara and Ravintsara have been consistently confused by suppliers and retailers alike. Green Valley carries Ravintsara.

Ravintsara is a fabulous immuno-stimulant and may be effective against flu and flu-like viruses, especially if used at the first sign of symptoms. The strong anti-viral action plus the fact that Ravintsara is safe for use on the skin, makes it a good oil for shingles, cold sores and genital herpes. It can help people who are over tired, lethargic or depressed.

This oil is a great anti viral as well as being an immunostimulant. It is said that upon feeling the very first inkling of the flu coming on, if Ravintsara is used in the bath immediately before going to bed the possibility of warding off the infection is great! Ravintsara is a good oil to use in your diffuser or room spray during the flu season to keep the air around you clear of any airborne viruses. As an expectorant, Ravintsara works well when treating sinusitis, bronchitis and whooping cough, etc.

This oils blends well with Myrtle, Pine, and Thyme when treating these conditions.

Specific Cautions

Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy. Not to be confused with Ravensara anisata (bark), which is not recommended for use in aromatherapy.


Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.