Ravintsara - Behind the Bottle (2.56 Mins)
Ravintsara, not to be confused with Ravensara, is derived from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and the uses and benefits of this oil are many. Known as the oil that heals in Madagascar it is considered a universal oil like Lavender.
Although Ravintsara and Ravensara are in the Lauraceae family, Ravintsara is milder and more similar to Eucalyptus and Camphor.
For example, Ravintsara is thought to help build immunity from colds and/or infections. Use this oil through massage, baths or in your diffuser. With all the nasty colds and flu going around, it would help to make this a preventative measure if possible. It also has expectorant properties to help ease congestion once a cold does set in.
Ravintsara is an effective air freshener. Combine with essential oils like Roman Chamomile, Copaiba, Eucalyptus, or Rosemary to encourage a refreshed atmosphere. Incorporate into your favorite dōTERRA skin cleanser for added cleansing benefits.
As well as being used for cold symptoms, ravintsara oil is very effective in treating a variety of more serious respiratory conditions including bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia. Rubbing a mixture made with a few drops of ravintsara oil diluted in a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba into your chest is very effective for breathing troubles. It can help dilate your blood vessels and allow more oxygen to get to your lungs. It is also an expectorant which can help reduce and dilute any mucus that may be blocking your airways. You can combine a few drops of ravintsara with peppermint essential oil for even greater effect.
Ravintsara has a relaxing aroma. Add a few drops of Ravintsara to Epsom salt in warm water for a calming aroma with your bath or use it as part of a relaxing massage after a rigorous workout. Diffuse at night with Lavender essential oil to create a restful environment at bedtime. Create your own favourite blends by combing Ravintsara with essential oils like Copaiba, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Tangerine, Vetiver, or Wintergreen.
Ravintsara essential oil is also known for its uplifting properties. It can help with depression. It is especially useful during these long winter days when we begin to feel stuck inside and bored. Use it in the morning or mid-afternoon to cure the blues and detox the mind. It might be just what you need to get you out of the mid-winter slump.
Insomnia can sometimes be an issue this time of year as well. We aren't up and moving around as much as we'd like and this can cause insomnia. Try a blend of Ravintsara essential oil with Lavender essential oil and reclaim a good night's rest.
If you are working on household projects this time of year and get a few cuts and scrapes, try using Ravintsara oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that, when applied, can prevent infection from spreading. It also has anti-inflammatory abilities that to ease any redness or itching in the affected area. Just add a few drops to an ointment or salve and apply it to your wound. Be careful not to apply the oil directly to any open wounds.
Who would have guessed that Ravintsara essential oil makes great deodorant? It will get rid of unwanted odor in the home, such as cooking odors, pets and the staleness if your house hasn't been aired out due to winter. Diffusing this oil will get rid of those unwanted smells and uplift your mood at the same time. It's a win-win.
Other things Ravintsara is great for is aiding in laryngitis, bronchitis, sinus congestion, thrush, asthma and reducing the severity of allergies. As you can see, Ravintsara really can be considered a "cure-all" for what ails you. It has an abundant of properties to help, especially during these winter months. Not to mention, if you just want an uplifting mood, Ravintsara Essential Oil can be your go-to oil.
Essential Oil Spotlight
Fresh and earthy, Ravintsara essential oil has potent cleansing and refreshing benefits. It can be diffused to refresh a room or added to your favourite skin cleanser. Similar in chemistry to Eucalyptus, Ravintsara is a milder option.
Ravintsara is grown in Madagascar, although it originates from Asia.
The Malagasy people rever it as a very noble tree. Directly translated it means Tree with Good Leaves Ravint meaning leaf, Sara meaning good for you.
Traditional belief is that Ravintsara stimulates the spirit in a positive way and is commonly used in Meditation.
The aroma of the Ravintsara essential oil can be described as a combination of camphor and eucalyptus, but greener – both uplifting and energizing. It contains the chemical constituent Eucalyptol, which gives it similar properties to Eucalyptus oil. It is ideal for promoting feelings of clear breathing and open airways.
Ravintsara has a relaxing aroma. Add a few drops of Ravintsara to Epsom salt in warm water for a calming aroma with your bath or use it as part of a relaxing massage after a rigorous workout. Diffuse at night with Lavender essential oil to create a restful environment at bedtime. Create your own favorite blends by combing Ravintsara with essential oils like Copaiba, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Tangerine, Vetiver, or Wintergreen.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Topical & Aromatic use only: Apply one to two drops to feet or chest, or use aromatically in a diffuser.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, andsensitive areas. May stain surfaces and fabrics.
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