||Camphorwood or camphor laurel
||Plant Parts Used
||Color & Odor
||Colorless to pale yellow liquid @22C with Camphorous
Camphor essential oil offered is extracted from Cinnamomum Camphora (also
known as Laurus camphora) of Lauraceae family.
Constituents & Specifications :
Ketones, Safrole, Phenolic Ethers, Borneol, Terpene Alcohol and Pinene etc.
Specific Gravity :
0.950 - 0.958 @ 72°F
Refractive Index :
1.472 - 1.479 @ 72°F
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, counterirritant,
diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, rubefacient, vermifuge.
Benefits & Uses :
- Camphor oil is used in treatment of nervous depression, inflammation,
acne, arthritis, muscular aches & pains, rheumatism, sprains,
bronchitis, colds, coughs, fever, flu & infectious diseases.
- As oil is toxic, it can be used in vapor therapy to ease respiratory
- It is often used for Depression, insomnia, shock, respiratory
problems, oily skin and pains.
- Apply immediately in cold compress to reduce swelling of bruises and
sprains.Camphor has a strong, penetrating, fragrant odour, and is
slightly cold to the touch like menthol leaves; locally it is an
irritant, numbs the peripheral sensory nerves, and is slightly
antiseptic; it is not readily absorbed by the mucous membrane, but is
easily absorbed by the subcutaneous tissue.
- It combines in the body with glucuronic acid, and in this condition
is voided by the urine. Authorities vary as to its effect on blood
pressure; some think it raises it, others take an opposite view; but it
has been proved valuable as an excitant in cases of heart failure,
whether due to diseases or as a result of infectious fevers, such as
typhoid and pneumonia, not only in the latter case as a stimulant to
circulation, but as preventing the growth of pneumococci.