home  Introduction History Technology Agro Associations Agro Scenario Career Opportunities

 Essential Oils
Juniper Oil
Almond Oil
Anise Oil
Celery Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Lavender Oil
Cumin Oil
Nutmeg Oil
Cinnamon Oil
Sassafras Oil
Camphor Oil
Cedar Oil
Rosewood Oil
Sandalwood Oil
Agarwood Oil
Ginger Oil
Basil Oil
Bay Leaf Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
Lemon Grass Oil
Oregano Oil
Patchouli Oil
Peppermint Oil
Pine Oil
Rosemary Oil
Spearmint Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Thyme Oil
Frankincense Oil
Myrrh Oil
Chamomile Oil
Clary Sage Oil
Geranium Oil
Hyssop Oil
Jasmine Oil
Manuka Oil
Orange Oil
Rose Oil
Grapefruit Oil
Lemon Oil
Lime Oil
Tangerine Oil
Emu Oil
Salmon Oil
Sturgeon Oil
Cod Liver Oil
Ostrich oil
 
 
 
 

 
Camphor Oil

Interestingly, in many parts of the world (e.g. in Australian Queensland and New South Wales)- the camphor tree is considered a pest. With a venerable history and use around the world, camphor oil is used as a sweetener in confections (China, during the Tsang Dynasty, ca. 600-900 CE), as an ingredient for honeyed dates in the Indian and Arab worlds, including Spanish Andalusia). It is also used in some Hindu rites because when burned it leaves no residue; thus it takes on the meaning of a truly spiritual substance. As per records, the camphor oil also carries several medicinal properties of a wide-ranging sort.

Acting as an effective moth repellent in clothes closets, the crystal camphor balls are the reduced form of essential camphor oil. This oil is immensely effective in vapor therapy to clear the lungs, dispel apathy and calm nervous depression. Despite of its some toxic effects, the oil can be used with great effect in vapor therapy to clear the lungs, dispel apathy and calm nervous depression. Promoting beneficial effects on any psychosomatic ailments, it casts some distinctive effects on the skin when used with great care. The camphor oil blends particularly well with the essential oils of basil, cajuput, chamomile, melissa and lavender.
 

Oil Extraction
The essential camphor oil is obtained during the process of extracting camphor by felling the trees and making a crystalline extract from wood and leaves by steam distillation. It is also possible to tap young trees for their sap after which this can be boiled down. The common camphor is obtained from the Common Camphor tree, scientifically known as Cinnamonum Camphora (also known as Laurus camphora). While the Borneo Camphor is extracted from the Borneo Camphor Tree, scientifically known as Dryobalanops Camphora. The camphor oil obtained from both have similar properties, but differs slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them. These trees belong to the Lauraceae family and are also known as true camphor, hon-sho, gum camphor, as well as Japanese and Formosa camphor.

Further, the essential camphor oil extracted by steam from the chipped wood, root stumps, and branches, is rectified and filter

pressed. This process administered under vacuum, produces 3 fractions of oil-- white, yellow, and brown. Out of these, only the white camphor oil is used, having a clear and fresh smell. The other two grades are toxic and carcinogenic as they contain safrole and are not used in aromatherapy.
 

History of Camphor
Growing up to the height of 35 meters (100 feet), the camphor tree is the native to Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan and can often grow very old. As per the studies, the tree should be at least 50 years old to produce the oil. The active component can be found in every part of the tree which can grow up to 1000 years. The camphor oil was a well known remedy against the plague in Persia (now Iran) and was also used in embalming. The Chinese used it to build ships and temples, because of the durable and aromatic properties of the wood.

Applicable Benefits
The major chemical components of the strong, penetrating, and fragrant odour carrying white camphor oil a-pinene, camphene, b-

pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, furfural, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene, borneol, piperitone, geraniol, safrole, cinnamaldehyde, methyl cinnamate and eugenol. Thus, the oil has some important therapeutic properties including analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypertensive, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, sudorific, vermifuge and vulnerary.

 

This balancing oil can sedate the nerves and uplift apathy, repel insects such as flies and moths; can also fight colds and flu, infectious diseases, bronchitis, coughs, and can assist with muscular pains, rheumatism, sprains, arthritis, etc. The numerous medicinal properties of this oil are enlisted as the following:

  • Stimulant & Diaphoretic: Camphor Oil is an effective stimulant. It stimulates circulation, metabolism, digestion, secretions and excretion, thereby treating problems and ailments associated with improper circulation, digestion, sluggish or hyper metabolic rates, obstructed secretions, etc.
  • Anti Septic, Disinfectant and Insecticide & Germicide: Camphor Oil is an excellent disinfectant, insecticide and germicide. Camphor Oil can be added to drinking water, particularly in summer and rainy seasons when there is more chance of water getting infected, to disinfect it. A bottle or container of Camphor Oil, if kept open, or a piece of cloth soaked in it, if burnt, drives away insects and kills germs. A drop or two of Camphor Oil, mixed with large quantity of food grains, keep it safe from insects. Camphor is also used in many medical preparations such as ointments and lotion to cure skin diseases, bacterial and fungal infections on skin, etc. Mixed in bathing water, it disinfects the whole body externally and kills lice, etc.
  • Decongestant: The strong penetrating aroma of Camphor Oil is a powerful decongestant. It immediately opens up congestions of bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs. It is therefore used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs.
  • Anesthetic & Nervous Pacifier: It is a pretty good anesthetic and very effective for local anesthesia. It causes numbness of the sensory nerves and the related area of application. It also calms down nervous disorders and convulsions, epileptic attacks, nervousness, etc.
  • Anti Spasmodic: It is very efficient Anti Spasmodic and gives immediate relief in spasms, cramps, etc. It is also effective in curing extreme spasmodic cholera.
  • Aphrodisiac: Camphor Oil, when internally consumed, boosts libido by stimulating those portions of brain which are responsible for sexual desires and libido. When externally applied, helps cure erectile problems by increasing blood circulation in the affected parts, being a stimulant.
  • Anti Neuralgic: Neuralgia, a severely painful situation, which is caused when the Ninth Cranial Nerve is pressurized due to swelling of the surrounding blood vessels, can be treated using Camphor Oil which makes the blood vessels to contract and reduce pressure on the Ninth Cranial Nerve. This is yet another application of the sedative property of the Camphor Oil.
  • Anti Inflammatory & Sedative: The cooling and the penetrating effects of Camphor Oil make it an anti inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very helpful in curing nearly all types of inflammation, internal or external. It also relaxes body and mind and gives a feeling of peace and freshness. It proves to be very cooling and refreshing, particularly in summer. Camphor Oil can be mixed with bathing water to have that extra cooling in summer.
  • Narcotic: It has narcotic effects as it temporarily desensitizes the nerves and relaxes brain. It can also make brain lose control over limbs if taken in excess. The smell of Camphor Oil is also addictive. People have been seen to develop strong addiction of smelling Camphor Oil or consuming it.
  • Carminative: Very helpful in giving relief in gas trouble. Primarily, it does not let gas form and secondarily, effectively removes the gases.
  • Anti Rheumatic, Anti Arthritic & Anti Phlogistic: Being a detoxifier and stimulant for circulatory system, it excites blood circulation and gives relief in rheumatism, arthritis, gout, etc. It is also anti Phlogistic, that is, reduces swelling of body parts. This is yet another beneficial effect of proper circulation.
  • Other Benefits: Sometimes used in cases of Cardiac Failure, in combination with other medicines. It is also beneficial in treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, viral diseases like whooping cough, measles, flu, etc. food poisoning, infections of the reproductive organs, insect bites, etc.
 

Precaution Note: This extremely powerful oil should be used in small quantities when used in baths, not more than two drops should be added to the bath water or alternatively you can apply moderate amounts of the oil onto your body and sit in a warm bath. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting; can also be toxic and fatally poisonous. Pregnant women or persons suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it. It is not really used in aromatherapy as it is classed as a convulsant and neurotoxin. Being a strong stimulant, camphor oil should not be used at night, otherwise a good night's sleep might be elusive.

 
Untitled Document