Ravintsara – #1 for Colds & Flu
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
One of the very best (if not the best!) antiviral essential oils for colds & flu is Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora).
Ravintsara can be used for treating flu or respiratory symptoms by inhalation, either via a diffuser or a vaporizer. I prefer an ultrasonic nebulizer for maximum efficiency. It’s a great way to help keep the air cleansed!
You can even use Ravintsara prophylactically to help ward off catching a cold or flu in the first place, as it may help to strengthen the immune system. It’s quite similar in aroma to Eucalyptus, but a little more ‘well-rounded.’ Very nice!
When travelling, especially by plane, I keep a bottle of Ravintsara on me and inhale it regularly. Recirculated cabin air is some of the worst for viruses!
Combined with Tamanu nut oil, it’s also shown success with shingles when applied to the lesions.
Ravintsara – one of the most versatile and valuable essential oils to have in your home medicine chest!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan