Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora
Plant Part: Wood
Description: The Camphor tree can grow up to 35 meters (100 feet) and camphor is found in every part of the tree. Camphor Essential Oil is extracted by steam from the chipped wood, root stumps and branches. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter-pressed. White Camphor Oil is the first distillation fraction.
Colour: Colourless to pale yellow clear liquid.
Common Uses: The therapeutic properties of Camphor Essential Oil include the following: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, laxative, stimulant and vulnerary. Camphor Essential Oil can be used in the treatment of nervous depression, acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, fever, flu and infectious diseases. It is a well-known preventive of moths and other insects, such as worms in wood.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends Well With: Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Lavender, Melissa, and Rosemary.
Aromatic Scent: Camphor Essential Oil has a strong, penetrating, fragrant odor.
History: In China and Japan, Cinnamomum camphora can often grow as old as a thousand years. To produce oil it must be at least 50 years old. Camphor was well known as a remedy against the plague in Persia (now Iran). It was also used in embalming. The Chinese have long used Camphor wood to build ships and temples because of the woods durable and aromatic properties.
Caution: Camphor Essential Oil is a powerful oil and should be used with care. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Pregnant women or persons suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.