Known as a rare shrub/tree grown in Madagascar, Hazomanitra (Ravensara), or "tree that smells" produces an essential oil with many health and medicinal properties and benefits. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves, most notably from the species Ravensara aromatica. The rich aroma that is derived from the essential oil makes Ravensara an excellent oil for aromatherapy, and also may assist with many physical and mental issues.
This "cure all" oil can be used as an analgesic, anti-allergenic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, relaxant and tonic substance.
Some of the top uses of Ravensara Essential Oil include:
~Cold Remedy: If you feel a cold coming on, you can take a bath using a few drops of Ravensara essential oil, or using our Breathe Easy Bath Salts. We also have pure essential oils available you can use in a diffuser at home.
~Respiratory Health: Ravensara is an expectorant which helps promote the release of phlegm and other fluids from the respiratory tract. You can use our Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend as a chest expectorant as it already has a carrier oil and is safe to use directly on the skin. Just rub the oil well into the chest. You can also use pure essential oils in a diffuser at home, or you can add a couple drops of essential oil to a pot of boiling water, place a towel over the head, and inhale the steam from the pot of boiling water and essential oil.
~Anti-Bacterial: Ravensara kills the H. pylori bacteria found in our digestive tracts. If this bacteria is found in abundance, it can lead to major digestive issues.
~Anti-Viral: The essential oil of Ravensara is known to kill off stubborn viruses, and has been known to assist in fighting off viruses such as cold virus, influenza, chicken pox, measles and the mumps.
~Disinfectant: The essential oil is powerful in stopping and inhibiting the growth of dangerous germs, microorganisms, and protozoa. Diffusing the pure essential oil can help with this.
For more information about Ravensara, please see the resources listed below.
One final note: We have recently been able to source Ravinstara and will be testing some new blends out. We will keep you informed. Ravensara and Ravinstara essential oils can be confused. Read Nature's Gift's article entitled Ravensara/Ravinstara Confusion for further information and research on the two essential oils.