Ravensara essential oil has strong anti-viral properties which make it perhaps the most effective of essential oils against flu and other respiratory viruses. Most potent when used as a steam inhalation – add a few drops to a bowl of warm water and inhale. Despite it’s strong anti-viral properties it’s a comparitively gentle oil which can be safely used with children and the elderly. When well diluted in a carrier oil it makes a good chest rub and massage treatment for those suffering from respiratory viruses.
It can also have an uplifting and stimulating effect on body and mind and may be a soothing tonic for the nerves and muscular tension. Blended with lavender and chamomile it can relieve the pain associated with shingles.