Sometimes Essential Oils Can Be Confusing

I mean there are so many options out there, where does one even begin? Especially when the name of the essential oil gets complicated too. I mean what even is ravintsara?

Let’s Geek Out on Some Chemistry

Ravintsara is an essential oil distilled from leaves of the cinnamonium camphora plant. The primary chemical constituent is 1,8-cineole, and it also contains high levels of alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, beta-carophyllene, alpha-terpineol, terpineol, terpenyl acetate, and trace amounts of other compounds.

1,8-cineole is also known as eucalyptol, so the predominant aroma is similar to eucalyptus. Yet, ravintsara is more camphorous smelling.

Phew, Enough Chemistry, How Do I Use It

Because ravintsara smells a lot like eucalyptus, you can use it in very similar ways as you use eucalyptus.

  1. Ravintsara is great for the chest. Check out this DIY Chest Rub that is perfect to apply before a workout, during the winter months, or before taking a flight.
  2. Add to himalayan pink salt or epsom salt for a bath. A long day at work can be exhausting. Or maybe you just need to treat yoself to a spa day at home. Simply combine 1/4 cup of salt with 4-6 drops of essential oil and add to a hot bath. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Bonus challenge: do it in silence with no cell phone!
  3. Summertime means that we are outside in the heat more often, and this Itch Stick is perfect for when you come back in from the heat.

But What about Safety?

There are some concerns about essential oils that are high in 1,8-cineole, especially for people with seizure disorders or in children. Check out this post if you are concerned, check out this post about eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils in children. There is information about 1,8-cineole that also applies to ravintsara.

Have you used ravintsara?

What is your favorite way to use it? Leave a comment below with your most creative way to use ravintsara.

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