Ravensara Essential Oil (Cryptocarya agathophylla)


Ravensara may also be referred to as Ravensara aromatica. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves this profile pertains to the leaf oil. for most applications, oil distilled from the bark should be avoided due to the significant ratio of estragole (methyl chavicol) content..


Ravensara oil comes from the Ravensara aromatica tree. It has a sweet scent. It has an antiviral effect.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Fruity Medicinal Slightly sweet

  • Common Name(s): Ravensara aromatica
  • Synonyms(s) for Cryptocarya agathophylla: Agathophyllum aromaticum, Agathophyllum aromaticum, Agathophyllum ravensara, Evodia aromatica, Evodia ravensarae, Ravensara anisata, Ravensara aromatica

  • Botanical Family: Lauraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cryptocarya
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols, Sesquiterpenes
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear with a Tinge of Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Madagascar
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves This profile pertains to the leaf oil. For most applications, oil distilled from the bark should be avoided due to the significant ratio of Estragole (Methyl Chavicol) content.
  • Shelf Life: 4 years
  • Conservation Status:  [NT] Near Threatened
    IUCN Red List category abbreviations (version 3.1, 2001)
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Ravensara:

Due to the 90-95% concentration of Estragole (Methyl Chavicol) contained in Ravensara Bark Oil, it is strongly encouraged that only Ravensara Leaf Oil is used unless under the direct guidance of a qualified aromatherapist. For Ravensara Leaf Oil, Tisserand and Young indicate that the Estragole percentage range is 2.4-11.9% and recommend a dermal maximum usage rate of 0.12%. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young ,Essential Oil Safety Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 403.]

Safety Precautions for Ravensara:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.