RAVENSARA Ravensara aromatica
'Good Leaf' is what the locals call this plant. Ravensara is a wonderful fragrant tree native to the montane rainforest of Madagascar. Its bark, leaves and nuts all emit a scent resembling that of Clove, Aniseed and Camphor. Local people have long appreciated its medicinal properties. Although the essential oil was first distilled about a hundred years ago it only came to aromatherapist's attention some 25 years ago and it is still not very widespread. It seems a shame, as this oil is truly exceptional. However, there is also a lot of confusion as there is another species which is related and has the confusingly similar name 'Ravintsara', yet has completely different properties and a different smell as well. Such confusions can be dangerous - which is why it is so important to know that you can trust your source of oils.
Every household should have a bottle of this wonderful oil, which is one of the strongest disease fighters of all the essential oils available. It is particularly effective against infectious virus diseases, such as chickenpox, shingles and herpes, virulent flus and even mononucleosis. It is expectorant and can be used for catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract as well as for cough, bronchitis and whooping cough.
Ravensera is strongly protective and cleansing and can be used for healing work. It is great for diffusing in sick rooms to help banish the demons of disease. It can be used to clear the mind and help focus on a magical intent. It promotes courage and helps overcome anxieties and fears.
A light, gentle, slightly sweet, camphor-like, woody scent. Blends well with Bay, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme and Lemon.