Camphor (Cinnamomumcamphora) is a tall evergreen tree from the Lauraceae family that is native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. Camphor essential oil is steam distilled from the chipped wood and branches and rectified under vacuum to produce four different fractions – white, brown, yellow, and blue. Only White Camphor is used in aromatherapy, as all other fractions are considered toxic and carcinogenic.
Camphor has traditionally been used for both medicinal and religious purposes. It was thought to protect against infectious diseases and have a healing effect on the mind and body. It was used in medicines to treat colds, skin ailments, digestive problems, stress-related issues, and as a disinfectant in embalming procedures and fumigations at the time of the plague.
Today, although this essential oil has some toxic effects, it can be used with great effect in aromatherapy vapor therapy to clear the lungs, dispel apathy, and calm nervous depression. It can also have some distinct benefits for the skin when used with care, however, it is not recommended for use in aromatherapy massage.
Camphor essential oil can be used in the treatment of acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, fever, flu, and other infectious diseases. It is also used to repel insects such as flies and moths.
Plant family: Lauraceae
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Do not use if epileptic, pregnant, suffering from a fever, or on sensitive skin and with children under 2.
Skin: White Camphor essential oil has antiseptic properties and is an effective insect repellent. Although only very small amounts of Camphor oil should be included in any topical formulation, it does have value in fighting inflammatory conditions and reducing redness, making it useful for treating acne, burns and sore chapped hands.
Mind: Camphor is a balancing essential oil that can help to sedate the nerves and uplift apathy.
Body: Camphor essential oil is beneficial for colds and flu helping to clear the sinuses and respiratory system. It is also helpful for muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, arthritis etc.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Birch, Cardamom, Clove, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Niaouli, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme.
Allergens Listing: Limonene 25%, Linalool 0.5%.