25 November 2008

Camphor oil is produced in 3 fractions known as white, yellow and brown camphor. Only the white camphor oil is used, it has a clear and fresh smell. The brown and yellow camphor is toxic and therefore not used in aromatherapy.

Although this oil has got some toxic effects, it can be used with great effect in vapor therapy to clear the lungs, dispel apathy and calm nervous depression. It has a beneficial effect on any psychosomatic ailments, while having some distinct benefits for the skin when used with great care.

The camphor tree can grow up to 35 meters (100 feet) and the active component is found in every part of the tree. The tree is native to Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan and can often grow very old. It must be at least 50 years old to produce the oil.

Botanical Name
Cinnamomum camphora

Origin
Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan

Extraction Method
Camphor oil is extracted by steam distillation from the the chipped wood, root stumps and branches of the camphor plant. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Cineol, Camphor, Borneol, Camphene, Menthol, Borneol, Pinene, and Dipentene

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
Helpful in : Nervous depression, acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs and colds, fever, flu, infectious diseases

Precaution
  • Since this oil can be highly toxic, it should never be used in aromatherapy massage, but can be used in vapour therapy to decrease respiratory problems
  • Camphor 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
Blend With
Basil, Cajuput, Chamomile, Lavender and Melissa

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