Updated: Jan 9
The History of Camphor
Camphor Essential Oil is native to the forests of Japan and Taiwan. Before the Camphor tree was introduced to Florida in the late 1800s, it had already begun to be vastly cultivated in China. When its benefits and applications grew in popularity, its cultivation eventually spread to more countries with tropical climates, including Egypt, South Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. Early varieties of Camphor Oil were extracted from the woods and barks of Camphor trees that were fifty years of age or older. However, producers eventually became aware of the benefits of preserving the environment and avoided cutting trees. Fortunately, they came to realise that the leaves were far better for extracting oils, as they had a quicker rate of regeneration.
For centuries, Camphor Essential Oil has been used by the Chinese and the Indians for both religious and medicinal purposes. Its vapours were believed to have healing effects on the mind and body. When used in Ayurvedic treatments, it was an ingredient for medicine meant to address symptoms of colds, such as coughing, vomiting, and diarrhoea. It was beneficial for tackling everything from skin ailments such as eczema, to problems associated with flatulence such as gastritis, to stress-related concerns such as low libido.
Camphor Essential Oil is steam distilled from the branches, root stumps, and chipped wood of the Camphor Tree; then it is vacuum rectified. Next, it is filter pressed, during which process the four fractions of Camphor Oil – White, Yellow, Brown, and Blue – are produced. White Camphor Oil is the only colour grade that can be used in therapeutic applications, both aromatic and medicinal. The other colours are deemed to be toxic.
Camphor in Numbers
With so many countries growing Camphor, the price is incredible! A 10ml bottle will currently cost you £1.50, and 1KG will only cost you £25.96.
The smell of Camphor Oil is considered to be clean and penetrating. It smells fresh, intense and woody. Its aroma is somewhat eucalyptus-like due to its high cineole content.
Camphor essential oil has a very strong odour. Making it ideal for getting rid of insects such as mosquitoes, hence the reason it has traditionally been used in mothballs to keep pests out of fabrics.
Stimulate and improve circulation (boosts libido), digestion, and metabolism.
Eliminate insects and head lice.
Temporarily numb areas of the body experiencing pain, functioning as a local anaesthetic.
Diminish feelings of anxiety and nervousness, among other nervous disorders.
Decrease the intensity of spasms and cramps.
Soothe pain, inflammation, and irritation.
Clear the respiratory tract of congestion to promote more natural breathing.
Address and prevent infections, both externally and internally.
Camphor isn't one of the most popular oils we stock, but it is well known. Its wonderful uses have been utilised for hundreds of years and are still being used today. It represents fantastic value for money and I recommend all to give this essential oil a go.
Get your hands on our limited edition Trump Cards! Only 250 available, first come first served. All you need to do is purchase our Camphor White Essential Oil to receive this lovely gift!
They come equipped with all the stats and facts you need to know before buying an essential oil. If you look at the back of the cards, there is even a QR code to take you directly to the product! You can use them to play with friends and family or even educate your children on the wondrous world of Aromatherapy.