Weight : 10ml
Camphor Essential Oil
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The essential oil of camphor is obtained during the process of its extraction of camphor from two types of camphor trees. The first one is the Common Camphor tree, bearing the scientific name Cinnamomum camphora, from which the common camphor is obtained. The second variety is the Borneo Camphor tree, which is where Borneo Camphor is derived from; it is scientifically known as Dryobalanops camphora. The camphor oil obtained from both have similar properties, but they differ slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them.
White camphor oil can be an essential part of your first-aid kit as it offers a wide range of health benefits. It is known usually added to massage oils to relieve muscle stiffness and cramps. This oil is also excellent in helping calm the nerves, clear the lungs and dispel apathy. White camphor oil also offers other benefits:
• Decongestant — A popular ingredient in decongestant balms and cold rubs, it provides respiratory relief by reducing the blockage in the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs.2
• Antispasmodic — This essential oil may help relieve muscle spasms.
• Anesthetic — White camphor oil can also be used as a mild local anesthesia. It produces a cool sensation, which blocks the sensory level on the skin and reduces the brain's ability to feel pain.3
• Anti-inflammatory and sedative — White camphor oil is a balancing oil that can help sedate the nerves and reduce inflammation.
A camphor tree has to be matured enough, at least 50 years old, to withstand necessary mutilation for steam distillation. The essential oil is extracted through steam from chipped wood, root stumps and branches. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed.
During the process of distillation, the three fractions are separated. These are known as white, brown and yellow camphor. White is the first fraction with the lowest boiling point, followed by brown in the middle range, and then yellow with the highest. Warning: Veer away from yellow and brown camphor. They can be toxic and carcinogenic due to their high safrole content.
I do not advise the administration of white camphor oil to children due to potential skin sensitization. White camphor oil must always be used with a mild carrier oil. Before using topically, I also suggest that you conduct a skin patch test to see if you are allergic to it.
Keep in mind that white camphor oil, or any product containing this oil, should not be applied on open wounds or burns. I also do not recommend using white camphor oil at night as it may interrupt your sleep. People with asthma or epilepsy, as well as children and pregnant women, should not use this, so as to avoid any adverse effects. Be sure to consult with a health professional before using this essential oil.