Surprising Benefits of Camphor Essential Oil
Stimulant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anaesthetic, decongestant, sedative, and nervous pacifier, these are some of the prime properties of camphor essential oil. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antineuralgic and insecticide. The essential oil of camphor is derived from the process of extraction of camphor from two varieties of camphor trees.
One is the Common Camphor tree, with its scientific name being 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 of these trees have similar properties, however, they differ slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them. The various components of camphor essential oil are alcohol, borneol, pinene, camphene, camphor, terpene, and safrol.
Health Benefits of Camphor Essential Oil
Camphor essential oil, apart from possessing a cool, penetrating and lasting aroma, also has many medicinal characteristics as well, all of which are explained in greater detail below.
It Improves Circulation
Being an effective stimulant, camphor essential oil boosts the activity of the circulatory system, revives the metabolism, improves the digestion, and most importantly the secretion, and the excretion. This property helps in treating problems and ailments related to improper blood circulation, digestion, underactive or overactive metabolic rates, disturbed secretions, and a wide array of uncommon conditions.
Prevents Skin Infections
An open bottle or container of camphor oil, or burning a piece of cloth soaked in camphor oil, drives away insects and kills germs due to camphor oil being an excellent disinfectant, insecticide, and germicide. A drop or two of camphor oil mixed with plenty of food grains helps in keeping them safe from insects. As we all know where that cool and minty feel comes from the balms and ointments we use; camphor is used in many ointments and lotion to cure skin diseases. Camphor essential oil is also used in medical preparations for bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. When mixed with bathing water, camphor oil disinfects the whole body externally, and also eliminates lice.
It is extremely helpful in relieving gas troubles. Primarily, it does not allow gas to be formed and secondarily, it effectively removes the gases and expels them in a healthy way.
Reduces Nervous Disorders
It causes numbness of the sensory nerves in the area of application and that is why it acts as a good anaesthetic and is an effective local anaesthesia. It also reduces the intensity of nervous disorders and convulsions, nervousness, chronic anxiety and epileptic attacks.
Camphor essential oil is a very effective antispasmodic and it provides immediate relief from spasms and cramps. It is also extremely efficient in curing extreme spasmodic cholera.
You will be surprised to know that neuralgia can be treated using camphor essential oil. Neuralgia is an acutely painful condition and is caused when the ninth cranial nerve is collided due to enlargement of the surrounding blood vessels. This oil can effectively make the blood vessels contract and as a result, reduce the pressure on the ninth cranial nerve. This is just another application of the sedative and soothing properties of this versatile oil.
Camphor essential oil’s permeating and cooling effects make it an effective anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very supportive in curing mostly all kinds of inflammation, both internal and external. It also calms the body and mind while providing a sense of peace and freshness. In summers it provides a very cooling and refreshing feeling. Camphor oil can also be mixed with bathing water to have that extra sensation of coolness in the summer heat.
Reduces Arthritis Pain
Camphor essential oil kindle the blood circulation and provides relief to rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and gout. This oil is also taken to be an antiphlogistic, which means, it significantly minimizes the swelling of body parts. This is yet another beneficial effect of proper blood circulation. It is also a detoxifier and a stimulant for the circulatory system.
Camphor essential oil instantly relieves congestion of the larynx, pharynx, bronchi, nasal tracts, and lungs hence it is, hence, used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs due to its strong, penetrating aroma it is a powerful decongestant.
Word of Caution: It’s always critical to remember that a substance which is toxic to insects can be as toxic to human beings as well so letting you know that camphor oil is very toxic and can be fatally poisonous if ingested in excess. Even 2 grams of it can be lethal. Ingestion of a slight overdose can still result in symptoms of poisoning, vomiting, extreme thirst, and a sudden drop in body temperature. So you have to administer its usage with precision!
Blending: Camphor oil blends especially well with basil, cajuput, chamomile, Melissa, and lavender oil, when using it for aromatherapy.