Camphor Essential Oil Information

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Oil Name: Camphor
Note:Base
Parts of plant used:All of the tree
Botanical Name:Cinnamomum Camphora, Dryobalanops Camphora
Aroma:Cleansing and ethereal, rather overpowering
 

Camphor Essential Oil uses, description and origin:

Grown in Asia and Indian Ocean islands, Camphor is a large tree that is felled when at least fifty years old for the extraction of the oil.

Camphor can be traced back to ancient Chinese, Persian and Egyptian times. Camphor is a very effective insecticide and has been used for its aromatic properties for hundreds of years.

Camphor Uses for/In treatment of:

Inflammation (topical)AnxietyDepression
HypertensionColdsInfluenza
   

Camphor Properties:

DiureticLaxativeSedative
AnalgesicAntidepressantAntiseptic
VulneraryRubefacientSudorific
InsecticideVermifuge Hypertensive
AntispasmodicCarminative Febrifuge

 

Camphor Constituents (Camphor Ingredients):

Below we list reported constituents of this Camphor. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents.

Camphor:  Camphor is a Carvone, one of the Ketones. In the + isometric form is found in the oil of Caraway seed, in the - isometric form it is found in feverfew and some lavender subspecies. In the - form -Carvone is the major constituent in Oil of Spearmint (Mentha Spicata).

Camphor is commercially extracted in the + isometric form from the wood of Cinammomum Camphora, the Camphor Laurel

Camphor is antipruritic, mucolytic and expectorant. Camphor is also toxic in significant doses and can cause contact dermatitis.

In the cosmetic and beauty therapy industry Camphor is widely used for its preservative properties in creams, hair products, after shave lotions and other skin products as it has the added benefit of giving a cool refreshing feeling to the skin. Pure camphor oil has been used through the centuries as a moth repellent and an ingredient in liniments. The FDA has banned Camphor as a liniment as it is readily absorbed through the skin and is toxic in larger doses even when applied topically.

In Lavender Essential oil although present Camphor is regarded as an undesirable constituent thereby increasing the price of Lavandin, Lavender and even Lavender-Spike (in which higher levels of Camphor is expected) where the aroma lacks the distinct Camphor smell.

Ketones: Monoterpenoid Ketones are stable molecules formed by oxidation of alcohols. Monocyclic Ketones like Pulegone and Thujone are toxic and should be avoided in any significant volumes in any treatment. Ketones are expectorant and a respiratory tonic.

Safrole: A Phenolic Ether is suspected to have carcinogenic properties. The use of this oil has been restricted in many countries.

Phenolic Ethers: Phenolic ethers on their own are irritant and toxic Phenylpropane derivatives. Where Phenolic Ethers are present in essential oils these oils must be used with care and extreme dilutions as even small amounts of phenolic ethers are toxic.

Borneol: One of the terpene alcohols, found most abundantly in rosemary oil, has many of the properties of other terpene alcohols. It is used as a skin tonic, a local anaesthetic, sedative and antispasmodic.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.

Camphene: No current data available

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

Camphor Contraindications, do not use if:

Avoid overdosing as it could cause vomiting or nauseaDo not use when pregnantAsthma sufferers must avoid this oil
Must be avoided by persons with an epileptic condition.  
We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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