camphor (white) essential oil
For centuries, Camphor Essential Oil has been used by the Chinese and the Indians for both religious and medicinal purposes, as its vapours were believed to have healing effects on the mind and body.
When used in Ayurvedic treatments, it was an ingredient for medicine meant to address symptoms of colds, such as coughing, vomiting, and diarrhoea. 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.
Camphor Essential Oil is steam distilled from the branches, root stumps, and chipped wood of the Camphor Tree, then it is vacuum rectified. Next, it is filter pressed, during which process the 4 fractions of Camphor Oil – White, Yellow, Brown, and Blue – are produced.
White Camphor Oil is the only colour grade that can be used in therapeutic applications, both aromatic and medicinal. This is because Brown Camphor and Yellow Camphor are both comprised of high levels of Safrole content, a constituent that has toxic effects when found in amounts as high as those present in these two varieties. Blue Camphor is also considered to be toxic.
The scent of Camphor Oil is considered to be clean, intense, and penetrating, making it ideal for getting rid of insects such as mosquitoes, hence the reason it has traditionally been used in mothballs to keep pests out of fabrics.
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum Camphora
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Colour: Colourless to pale yellow
Aromatic Scent: Strong, penetrating, fragrant odour.
Aromatic Strength: Strong
Blends Well With: Basil, Cajuput, Chamomile, Lavender and Melissa, Caraway, Pennyroyal, Rosemary.
Cautions: Camphor oil is 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.
Never use pure oils on the skin without diluting, never use internally, keep away from children and eyes, always check if there are any medical issues which could cause a problem. Seek help if you have any doubts.