Camphor (Cinnamonum camphora) – Essential Oil


SKU: 15107

White camphor essential oil is a middle note with an intense and woody aroma. Popular in topical salves for occasional achy muscles and in essential oil blends to support healthy breathing. It was a well known remedy against the plague in Persia, now Iran and was also used in embalming, while the Chinese used it to build ships and temples, because of the durable and aromatic properties of the wood.

Camphor was used as a fumigant during the Black Death, a plague that spread through Europe in the 14th century, as well as during outbreaks of smallpox and cholera. Camphor Oil’s scent is known to offer relief to a congested respiratory system by clearing the lungs and addressing symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. It also boosts circulation, immunity, convalescence, and relaxation. Used topically, the cooling effects of Camphor Essential Oil soothe inflammation, redness, sores, insect bites, itching, irritation, rashes, acne, sprains, and muscular aches and pains. Camphor oil also can help to relax the body and the mind helping to relieve tension and anxiety.

Blends well with: Ravensara, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile.  

How to use: 

  • Diffuse and inhale deeply to help clear mucus and phlegm. 
  • Used in aromatherapy applications, Camphor Oil can be added to an electric diffuser to promote decongestion.
  • To provide soothing relief to the nose and throat to diminish the discomforts of coughs and colds, simply diffuse 2-3 drops of Camphor Essential Oil.
  • May be made into a salve with beeswax and a carrier oil of Jojoba and Coconut oil.

Cautions and contraindications

Camphor has a strong odour and taste and is easily absorbed through the skin. It has the potential for side effects, especially if you use it in high doses. Never take camphor internally or apply it to broken skin, as it can be toxic.

External use only. Do not use undiluted. Avoid eye area and if epileptic or pregnant. Information provided does not substitute for professional advice and care.


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