Ravintsara has a soft, herbaceous aroma, which although powerful is somehow delicate. It is a gentle oil and can be used in appropriate dilutions on anyone including children. It is a valuable support to the respiratory system when used in inhalations and chest rubs. It can be used in vapourisers since it is a good clearing oil. It is mentally and physically uplifting, and is soothing to joints and muscles when used in a massage blend or bath. Ravensara is also a neurotonic – it helps to calm the central nervous system. As such, it helps with stress, tension, nervousness and insomnia. Due to the content of 1.8 cineole, it is not suitable for most people with asthma.