White Camphor Essential Oil (Cinnamomum camphora)


It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Fresh, intense, woody. Its aroma is somewhat eucalyptus-like due to its high cineole content.
  • Botanical Family: Lauraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cinnamomum
  • Major Compounds: (+)-Limonene, p-Cymene, a-Pinene, 1,8-Cineole, Sabinene, B-Pinene, Camphene, Camphor
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Clear
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Wood
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Child Safe Not recommend or safe for children

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using White Camphor:

When sourcing White Camphor Essential Oil, it is crucial that you purchase it from a highly reputable source, and be certain that you are obtaining White Camphor Essential Oil. Brown Camphor Oil and Yellow Camphor Oil contain significant quantities of the toxic constituent safrole and are not safe for use.

Due to its 1,8 cineole content, it is best not to use Camphor Essential Oil around young children. Tisserand and Young warn that old and oxidized oils should not be used. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 228.]

Safety Precautions for White Camphor:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.