The Ravensara plant is tall and leafy green with bark that is sort of a reddish-gray. Ravensara is native to the rain forest in Madagascar and name means "Good Leaf" (ravena = good; sara = leaf) and is commonly referred to as the good leaf tree. Essential oil from the 'good leaf tree' can be distilled from the leaves, fruit, twigs, and bark, however for medicinal purposes you only want to use the Ravensara that is distilled from the leaves only (leaf distilled Ravensara) because the twigs and bark can produce an essential oil that is toxic to the liver. To the natives of Madagascar, Ravensara is known as the cure-all essential oil and has long held a place in their traditional medical system. Ravensara is to the people of Madagascar what Tea Tree Oil is to the people of Australia. Ravensara is so incredibly balanced in all it's constituents that it's said to add "intelligence" to any essential oil blend!
1 - Ravensara oil is an amazingly powerful broad-spectrum immune stimulant. While Rosemary oil is said to be Tea Tree x 10, Ravensara is Rosemary x 10!!! This essential oil is well-known for attacking entire colonies of bacteria and microbes. It is so great for lingering infections and auto immune disorders That it's even undergoing very promising research to be used in treating AIDS!
2 - Shown to have an impact on food poisoning, it can be used before eating out where you're not sure of the food, or used after if you're feeling rumblings in the tummy, also great for flu.
3 - Ravensara is a wonderful oil to assist with digestion. It stimulates the proper absorption of vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C and iron, in the stomach.
4 - Great for circulation and elimination, Ravensara helps eliminate water retention, toxins, and calcium deposits.
5 - Contains methyl chavicol which helps stop cramps. Use for tight muscles that have been overworked or for menstrual cramping. Apply on location.
6 - Has been shown to help in the regeneration of the gall bladder (you have to use it before you have the gall bladder removed). Simply apply topically to the site and follow with a warm compress to drive the oil in.
7 - Fabulous for respiratory infections, it helps clear the nasal and sinus passages. Diffuse or place a few drops in a bowl of steaming water and inhale, or add 5-6 drops to 1/4-1/2 cup of Be Young Starflake bath salts or Epsom salts and do a soak. Use for Whooping Cough.
8 - Excellent for cold sores, shingles, and genital herpes. Apply on location (you may want to dilute in a carrier for more sensitive locations).
9 - Helps to clear the mind of nervous fatigue and depression. Diffuse or wear as a perfume.
10 - Wonderful anti-fungal—apply to those stubborn toenails daily until a new, clear nail has completely grown in (if you stop while there's still some fungus showing in the nail, even if it's just at the very tiptop, the fungus will regrow, you have to let a totally new nail grow in before stopping application).
***A word of caution: there is also an essential oil called Raventsara (note the T), this is a totally different oil. Be careful you do not confuse the two.
Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children and pets.