Ravensara Essential Oil – An Underrated Cure-All

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Ravensara essential oil is not the same as Ravintsara oil. Though both originate in Madagascar and have strikingly similar names, they are very different. Ravensara essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Ravensara aromatica, sometimes referred to as a clove nutmeg. It is a bush-like plant with glossy leaves and berries that is a member of the laurel family mostly found in Madagascar.

The twigs have a mildly camphorous quality, which many compare to eucalyptus. It is a clear, slightly yellow oil with a thin consistency. The people of Madagascar describe it as the “oil that heals” as it is commonly used to remedy infections.1

Though many turn to mint oils and even eucalyptus when they have the sniffles, one holistic expert explains that many individuals opt for Ravensara essential oil because it is a great alternative if you find the scents of the other oils too strong.

Chemical Properties

Ravensara essential oil does much more than help with the sniffles. It is also frequently put to use for colds, joint and muscle pain, or alleviating stress.2

The primary chemical compounds found in Ravensara essential oil include estragole (about 80 percent), methyl eugenol (8.5 percent), and limonene (3 percent).3

Estragole is known for reducing fatigue, alleviating stress, improving sleep quality, relieving headaches, boosting cognitive function, and improving mood.

Methyl eugenol is most commonly known for its use as a flavoring agent, a fragrance, and an anesthetic in studies with rodents. It is found in many other essential oils like nutmeg.4

Limonene is well-known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, providing a remedy for a range of health issues and improving overall well-being.5

Uses for Ravensara Essential Oil

Ravensara is a thin and watery oil, making it very easy to use. However, despite its many healing properties, Ravensara essential oil is not well-known by the general population and does not receive the attention it deserves.6

Though many Madagascar natives think of it as a cure-all, more and more individuals around the world are beginning to use Ravensara essential oil for the benefits it provides, as it has many benefits backed up by a range of studies.

When using Ravensara essential oil in aromatherapy, remember that it pairs well with chamomile, citronella, cypress, eucalyptus, fir needle, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils.

Relieves Cold Symptoms and Congestion

Because of its antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties, Ravensara essential oils effectively helps the body in fighting the cold virus. If you feel a cold coming on, try taking a relaxing bath with a few drops of Ravensara essential oil for relief.

The essential oil is also effective for relieving the congestion associated with colds and coughs.

For aromatic use, just blend 15 drops of Ravensara essential oil with 20 of cajeput, 15 of tea tree, and 10 of frankincense essential oils. After mixing these together, add a few drops of the mixture to a bowl of steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam through the nose.

Sleepy MONQ Essential Oil Diffuser

If you prefer topical application, blend eight drops of Ravensara essential oil with four of lemon essential oil. Combine with coconut oil and dab this directly onto the chest. This will work to decongest through inhalation and soothing contact with the skin.

To get a good night’s sleep, even when you’re suffering from a cold, combine one with the remedies above with the essential oils in MONQ’s Sleepy essential oil diffuser.

Remedies Skin Conditions

Because of its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, if you suffer from skin conditions as varied as chapped skin to cold sores, you can simply mix several drops of Ravensara essential oil with a few drops of tea tree oil and some coconut oil. Apply this mixture directly to the affected areas to relieve the issues.

Removes Toxins

Ravensara essential oil is a diuretic, which many individuals turn to if they’re seeking to remove toxins from their body through urination. Increasing urination rate has shown to remove excess water, salt, and fat from the body while flushing out toxins.

For those who want to take advantage of this oil’s diuretic properties, take a bath with a few drops of the essential oil or massage it into your lower abdomen after diluting it with a carrier oil.

Cleans Surfaces

This essential oil is an effective disinfectant in the home because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Just add a few drops to your household cleaners to kill harmful bacteria.

Relieves Pain

If your muscles ache either from illness or exercise, Ravensara essential oil can provide relief. Ravensara is found in MONQ’s relieve blend that helps alleviate aches and discomfort. Due to its antispasmodic properties, this oil is known for being effective at reducing muscle spasms and cramps, in addition to nervous tension.

To relieve muscle pain, add a few drops of Ravensara essential oil to a bath or blend with a carrier oil and massage topically onto the affected area.

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Safety and Precautions

Though Ravensara essential oil is considered quite safe, use of this essential oil is discouraged for women who are pregnant or nursing.

It is also best to conduct an allergy patch skin test before applying it to larger areas of the body or soaking in it, in case of an allergic reaction.

Remember that most essential oils should not be ingested as this can make them toxic, and it important to always buy only the highest quality, 100 percent organic and therapeutic grade oil for best results.


Ravensara essential oil is probably not yet among your collection of essential oils, but hopefully, with the range of health benefits it has been shown to provide, this has inspired you to add it to the daily lineup.

Rachel Donovan

By Rachel Donovan

Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys writing and researching interesting and new topics. As a California native, she can be found spending her time on the beach with a good book.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

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The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

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