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Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara is the #1 oil for treating shingles.


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Cinnamonum camphora - Madagascar - Organically Grown

Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara is a key oil to help restore and support the nerves, which makes it an excellent oil to use when treating shingles. It works well as a nerve tonic.

It is a top oil for strengthening the lungs and the respiratory system. It will help you treat lung infections, flu, and sinusitis. It is also a very useful oil for fighting influenza epidemics.

Ravintsara is an excellent oil to use during cancer treatments. It will help you treat many of the side effects that are involved with chemotherapy treatments, particularly depression and anxiety. Its antiviral properties also help boost the immune system as it recovers from chemotherapy.  It helps treat insomnia, muscle pain, and fatigue associated with cancer treatments.

          • It is good to use on cold sores and genital herpes.
          • It has helped some people in their treatment of cuts, wounds, and burns.
          • It supports the liver and will help treat viral hepatitis.
          • Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara helps treat cholera.

Found in: Breathe Ease, Fortify, Hair Support, Respiratory Ease, and Revitalize.

Scent: Medicinal, fresh, strong, one of those scents to help a sore throat, it has clean top notes and dark earthy low notes.

Also Known As: White Camphor, Ho-Leaf, Ho-Wood, Camphor, Hon-Sho

Extracted by: Wood, root stumps, and branches are steam distilled, 1st distillation


Due to its strong antiviral properties, Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara will help treat herpes and infectious mononucleosis.

It is mentally and physically stimulating. When used in a massage, it can help people who are overtired and depressed.

History: In China, statues of Buddha are carved from the wood of the Ravintsara tree to inspire devotion.  In Madagascar, Ravintsara oil is referred to as "the oil that heals."  The dried leaves are often made into a tisane for treating coughs and congestion. It was also made into a tea for colds, coughs, and digestive issues.

Ravintsara is:

  Antibacterial     Antifungal     Anti-Inflammatory     Antiseptic     Antispasmodic  
  Antiviral     Carminative     Diuretic     Expectorant     Stimulant  


Blends well with: Basil, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Lavender, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine Needles, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Fir Needle, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Marjoram, Orange, Tangerine, Helichrysum italicum, and all Eucalyptus oils.

Ways to use: You will need to blend with a carrier oil before using topically. A general guideline is 4-8 drops in ½ teaspoon of carrier oil for adult topical use. Once you have tried it, you will know if you need to blend more or less. A general guideline for blend rates for children can be found here:   

http://www.rockymountainoils.com/dilution-rates-children  Always test on a nickel sized portion of skin first. Make sure your skin can handle the oil/blend before using.

Inhale Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara aroma as deeply as you can 2-3 times a day to help strengthen lungs during cold and flu season.

Massage a drop or two into your chest during respiratory infections.

Take a bath with a drop or two to ease nervous exhaustion.

For genital herpes, blend Rocky Mountain Oils' Ravintsara with Helichrysum italicum in a base of St. John's Wort oil.

For Shingles, layer on your rash a few drops each of Ravintsara, Nerve Repair, and then Gentle Healer 2-4 times a day.

Chronic Viral Illness Support

          • 2 drops Helichrysum italicum
          • 3 drops Peppermint
          • 4 drops Ravintsara
          • 4 drops Lemon
          • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Gently massage formula into body as needed, pay particular attention to chest and neck area.  

Laryngitis Treatment

          • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
          • 3 drops Lavender
          • 2 drops Ravintsara
          • 2 drops Spearmint

Diffuse or use in a vaporizer. Breathe in the aroma as deeply as possible.