Ravintsara, not to be confused with Ravensara, is derived from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and the uses and benefits of this oil are many. Although Ravintsara and Ravensara are in the Lauraceae family, Ravintsara is milder and more similar to Eucalyptus and Camphor.
Ravintsara is an effective air freshener. Combine with essential oils like Roman Chamomile, Copaiba, Eucalyptus, or Rosemary to encourage a refreshed atmosphere. Incorporate into your favorite dōTERRA skin cleanser for added cleansing benefits.
Ravintsara (also known as Cinnamomum camphora) is native to China south of the Yangtze River, Taiwan, southern Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It grows up to 66–98 ft tall. In Japan, where the tree is called kusunoki, trees are known to grow on average a trunk circumference of about 66 ft.
The leaves have a glossy, waxy appearance and smell of camphor when crushed. In spring, it produces bright green foliage with masses of small white flowers. It produces clusters of black, berry-like fruit. Its pale bark is very rough and fissured vertically.
- Cleanses the environment
- Good surface cleanser
- Aids in meditation practice
- Diffuse for an effective air freshener
- Add one to two drops to a soothing Epsom salt bath
- Put a few drops in a spray bottle with water to create a refreshing surface cleanser