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Ravintsara Essential Oil Uses

It is a universal oil much like Lavender. It has a mild, slightly menthol like scent with clean top notes descending into earthy base notes that can help encourage one to take a deep breath the moment the bottle is opened. Our Ravintsara (Cinnamonum camphora ct Camphor) is an important addition to everyone's essential oil kit.

Ravensara vs Ravintsara

Because the names are so similar, especially to the ear, it is easy to get mixed up on which oil you are referring to. It doesn't help that they have very similar properties either. As there are some books that inadvertently use RavENsara to refer to RavINTsara, you should always pay attention to the botanical name so you know which one you have. Here are the differences between the two:

  1. Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica): Potentially carcinogenic, some are high in the constituent estragole. It is often not a good one to use on children.
  2. Ravintsara (Cinnamonum camphora ct Camphor): It is safe enough to use with children.

Combines Well With

Basil, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Lavender, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Lemon, Eucalyptus (any), Cinnamon Bark, Sweet Marjoram, Orange, Tangerine, Helichrysum italicum

Ways to Use It

  • Encourages deep breathing.
  • Inhale the scent of Ravintsara very deeply, hold it in for 4 seconds, breathe out, and do it again. Do this every night before going to bed. You can also do this with Peppermint.
  • It is mentally and physically stimulating.
  • It is excellent when used as a massage oil for muscle fatigue.


Here are a few recipes involving Ravintsara oil. *Please note: With any recipe's involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Easy Going

  • 2 drops Ravintsara
  • 5 drops Blend of Rose
  • 6 drops Tangerine
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Use formula in a relaxing back massage.

Chest Rub

  • 40 drops Eucalyptus citriodora
  • 40 drops Tea Tree
  • 16 drops Thyme
  • 20 drops Ravintsara

Add oils to a dark colored glass bottle. Shake well for 2-3 minutes then allow to sit for 24 hours before using to allow the oils to synergize. Add 3-6 drops to 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into chest and throat 2-3 times a day as needed. Can use all over body except for your face.


  • 3 drops Ravintsara
  • 1 drop Vetiver
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula in 1 cup Sea Salts then add to bath.

Ravintsara Massage

  • 4 drops Ravintsara
  • 3 drops Rosewood
  • 6 drops Blend of Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage mixture into skin using soothing, gentle strokes.


Ready to try out Ravintsara oil? We hope so! Let us know what you think in the comment section down below. Disclaimer: Rocky Mountain Oils is not liable for any damage caused by use of these recipes. Each recipe was tested by employees of RMO and did not cause damage to home or person, but we still implore our customers to use caution before trying a recipe in their home. Test recipes on small areas before applying them to the entire surface and do not apply recipes to areas that are potentially sensitive (i.e. priceless Victorian tubs, Baby Grand pianos, etc.).