- The camphor tree can
grow up to 35 meters (100 feet) and the active component is found in every
part of the tree. The tree is native to Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan
and can often grow very old. It must be at least 50 years old to produce
- Camphor essential
oil is extracted from the Cinnamomum Camphora (also known as Laurus
camphora) of the Lauraceae family and is also known as true camphor,
hon-sho, gum camphor, as well as Japanese and Formosa camphor.
- Camphor oil is
extracted by steam from the the chipped wood, root stumps and branches and
is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed.
chemical components are 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.
- Camphor oil can be
used in the treatment of nervous depression, acne, inflammation,
arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis,
coughs, colds, fever, flu and infectious diseases.
- Camphor oil is a
balancing oil, it can sedate the nerves and uplift apathy. It can help
with feeling cold and reduces inflammation. It is used with great effect
to repel insects such as flies and moths.
- It also has a
positive effect in colds and flu, infectious diseases, bronchitis, coughs,
and can assist with muscular pains, rheumatism, sprains, arthritis etc.
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