Camphor White Essential Oil – Cinnamomum camphora(l)nees – extracted initially from the wood and bark, the oil is now steam distilled from the leaves, twigs, wood and roots. Native to Japan and Borneo, this camphor tree is found now growing in many countries with sub-tropical climates due to its diverse uses for domestic and medicinal purposes..
Camphor oil is referred to in 4 grades of essential oils – White, Blue, Brown and Yellow. Only the White variety which is a clear colour, is used for aromatic purposes or if used as for mild medicinal reasons, as a decongestant and often blended with Tea tree or Eucalyptus as an expectorant.
Many massage therapists use camphor oil in their massage oils to create a cool feeling and to assist in reducing some muscular discomfort. For this reason the oil is similar to menthol.
Camphor oil has been used for many hundreds of years in households to help keep away lice, moths and insects from wardrobes and drawers where they attack natural fibres like cotton and wool leaving holes in clothing. Often called Moth Balls though not used much today. If you have problems with those insects, place a few drops of camphor on a cotton bud in a hessian bag and place in the areas where they tend to co-habit like wardrobes and drawers.
Camphor White essential oil is also used as a skin natural disinfectant and germicide though use the oil sparingly with a carrier, do not put it directly on your skin.
Blends well with Lavender, Basil and Rosemary and added to Eucalyptus and Peppermint, makes an effective decongestant if vaporised.
Camphor oil is best kept out of the reach of children and stored in a cool area below 30°. Seek advice for use if pregnant and do not ingest.
Major plant chemical compounds: borneol, camphene, P-cymene, limonene, safrole, pinene, 1,8 Cineole