Camphor Essential Oil (Cinnamomum camphora)
Camphor may also be referred to as Alcanfor, Arbre à Camphre, Camphor Tree, Camphora, Camphora Officinarum, Camphre, Camphre de Laurier, Camphre Gomme, Camphrier, Cemphire, Cinnamomum Camphora, dl-Camphor, dl-Camphre, Gum Camphor, Kapur, Karpoora, Karpuram, Laurel Camphor, Laurus camphora.. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the branches, root stumps, and chipped wood.
Camphor oil comes from bark of the camphor tree. It has a very cooling and penetrating scent, making it a staple ingredient in vapor rubs and liniments.
- Aroma Description: Strong, penetrating, fragrant, fresh, woody, somewhat eucalyptus-like aroma due to its high cineole content
- Common Name(s): Alcanfor, Arbre à Camphre, Camphor Tree, Camphora, Camphora Officinarum, Camphre, Camphre de Laurier, Camphre Gomme, Camphrier, Cemphire, Cinnamomum Camphora, dl-Camphor, dl-Camphre, Gum Camphor, Kapur, Karpoora, Karpuram, Laurel Camphor, Laurus camphora.
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Synonyms(s) for Cinnamomum camphora: Camphora camelliifolia, Camphora camphora, Camphora hahnemannii, Camphora hippocratei, Camphora officinalis, Camphora officinarum, Camphora officinarum var. glaucescens, Camphora vera, Cinnamomum camphora, Cinnamomum camphora f. cyclophyllum, Cinnamomum camphora subvar. hosyo, Cinnamomum camphora var. cyclophyllum, Cinnamomum camphora var. glaucescens, Cinnamomum camphora var. linaloolifera, Cinnamomum camphora var. nominale, Cinnamomum camphora var. rotundifolia, Cinnamomum camphoroides, Cinnamomum nominale, Cinnamomum simondii, Cinnamomum taquetii, Laurus calycina, Laurus camphorifera, Persea camphora
- Botanical Family: Lauraceae
- Botanical Genus: Cinnamomum
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Color: There are 4 grades of Camphor Essential Oil: White, Brown, Yellow, and Blue. Only the White variety is used for aromatic and medicinal purposes.
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Branches, Root Stumps, and Chipped wood
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Colds Coughs Diarrhea Eczema Flatulence Insect Repellents Insomnia Libido Muscle Stiffness Nausea Rheumatism Scar Tissue Stress
Therapeutic Benefits of Camphor:
Anti-anxiety Anti-bacterial Anti-fungal Anti-oxidant Digestive stimulant Expectorant
Basil Cajeput Chamomile, German Chamomile, Roman Eucalyptus Lavender
History of Camphor:
Camphor Essential Oil is derived from the Cinnamomum camphora botanical and is also referred to as True Camphor, Common Camphor, Gum Camphor, and Formosa Camphor. Native to the forests of Japan and Taiwan, it is also known Japanese Camphor and Hon-Sho. Before the Camphor tree was introduced to Florida in the late 1800s, it had already begun to be vastly cultivated in China. When its benefits and applications grew in popularity, it's cultivation eventually spread to more countries with tropical climates that are conducive to the growth of these trees, including Egypt, South Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. Early varieties of Camphor Oil were extracted from the woods and barks of Camphor trees that were fifty years of age or older; however, when producers eventually became aware of the benefits of preserving the environment by avoiding the cutting of trees, they also came to realize that the leaves were far better for extracting oils, as they had a quicker rate of regeneration.
For centuries, Camphor Essential Oil has been used by the Chinese and the Indians for both religious and medicinal purposes, as its vapors were believed to have healing effects on the mind and body. In China, the sturdy and fragrant wood of the Camphor tree was also used in the construction of ships and temples. When used in Ayurvedic treatments, it was an ingredient for medicine meant to address symptoms of colds, such as coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. It was beneficial for addressing everything from skin ailments such as eczema, to problems associated with flatulence such as gastritis, to stress-related concerns such as low libido. Historically, Camphor was even used in medicine that was believed to treat speech impediments and psychological disorders. In 14th century Europe and in Persia, Camphor was used as a disinfectant ingredient in fumigations at the time of the plague as well as in embalming procedures.