Among the essential oils whose scent packs a powerful punch, camphor oil ranks high on the list. Clean, bright and intense, the aroma of camphor oil is considered both refreshing and stimulating. And its effect is no less powerful, inducing both cooling and warming sensations.
A volatile terpene ketone, camphor oil is derived from either the wood of Cinnamomum Camphora, a large evergreen tree native to Asia that can grow as high as 66 to 98 feet tall, or it is synthesized from turpentine. Camphor essential oil is separated into one of four grades: white, brown, yellow or blue camphor. White camphor is what is used in aromatherapy as well as for medicinal purposes.
The major components of white camphor oil are alcohol, borneol, pinene, camphene, camphor, terpene and small traces of safrole.
Camphor uses over the years
The use of this powerful essential oil can be traced back centuries. The Chinese used it for its scent, in medicine and in embalming fluid. Today, camphor is widely used in topical ointments, liniments, and creams. It also is used many other products, including soaps, and as an insect repellant. Think moth balls.
Used in decongestant balms and cold rubs because of it strong aroma, white camphor oil provides respiratory relief. It immediately relieves congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts, and lungs.
Applied to the skin, camphor oil can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Its duel hot and cold action treats sore areas of the body. When first applied to the affected area of the skin, it numbs and cools the nerve endings there. Then, it warms the painful area as it increases circulation to stiff and sore muscles or joints.
Camphor oil also can help to relax the body and the mind helping to relieve tension and anxiety. It blends well with basil, cajuput, chamomile, melissa, and lavender oil for uses in aromatherapy.
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BIOTONE White Camphor Essential Oil for clarifying, purifying, sinus headache, muscle spasm. Sells for $8.65 for ½ ounce
Lab+Blends CBD Pain Salve Rapid Action Relief quickly targets the discomfort caused by muscle and joint soreness, inflammation, and sprains and strains. Contains 250 mg of ground-breaking pure Cannabidiol CBD Extract. Supports body comfort and relaxation. Includes additional pain relievers of camphor and menthol. Sells $72.99 for 1.3 ounce.