Camphor, White Oil
Camphor, white oil.....Camphor has a long-standing tradition as an herbal preventative of infectious disease. A lump of it was worn around the neck for protection. It can be found in three different colors or fractions. Brown and yellow kinds are considered to be more toxic because they contain a higher percentage of safrol, and should not be used for therapeutic uses.
Botanical Name - Cinnamomum camphora
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distillation
Parts Used - Wood
Note Classification - Middle
Aroma - Sharp, camphoraceous, woody undertone
Largest Producing Countries - China, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Japan, Taiwan, and Madagascar
Traditional Use - Traditional uses include the prevention of infectious disease. Lumps of camphor would be worn around the neck for protection. The oil itself is used as a solvent in the paint and lacquer industry.
Properties - Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, diuretic, expectorant, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific, vermifuge, vulnerary.
Benefits - Use with care. Acne, arthritis, bronchitis, burns, colds, coughs, depression, fever, flu, gout, infections, inflammation, insect repellant, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, oily skin conditions, rheumatism, shock, sprains.
Blends Well With - Citrus oils, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, spice oils.
Safety Data –
may cause skin irritation in some individuals. Avoid this oil while pregnant, and while using homeopathics. Its use is recommended by only those with experience using this oil.
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