Aromatherapy Essential Oils



Camphor Essential Oil

Camphor Essential Oil

Agothosma betulina



Properties:
Camphor oil is produced in 3 fractions known as white, yellow and brown camphor.
Only the white camphor oil is used, it has a clear and fresh smell. The brown and yellow camphor is toxic and therefore not used in aromatherapy.

Origin:
Camphor originated in Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan.

Extraction Method:
Camphor oil is extracted by steam distillation from the the chipped wood, root stumps and branches of the camphor plant. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed.

Chemical composition:
Cineol, Camphor, Borneol, Camphene, Menthol, Borneol, Pinene, and Dipentene.

Therapeutic properties:
anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant and vulnerary.

Uses:
Camphor oil can be used in the treatment of :

  1. nervous depression
  2. acne
  3. inflammation
  4. arthritis
  5. muscular aches and pains
  6. sprains
  7. rheumatism
  8. bronchitis
  9. coughs and colds
  10. fever
  11. flu
  12. infectious diseases

Precautions:

  • Since this oil can be highly toxic, it should never be used in aromatherapy massage, but can be used in vapour therapy to decrease respiratory problems.
  • Camphor oil is a 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.

Blends well with:

Basil, Cajuput, Chamomile, Lavender and Melissa.