Camphor - Cinnamomum camphora

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White camphor has a sharp, pungent camphoraceous odor.

Nature: clearing, stimulating

The vapors open the sinus and breathing passages to ease bronchitis and coughs.

Ideal for use as an insect repellant (flies, moths, etc.) in clothes and linen closets.

Principal Actions: Strong adrenal and cardiac stimulant; uplifting for languid depression.

Practical Uses

Methods of Use: local application (with caution), cold compress, inhalation (with caution), vaporize

Note:  Camphor is not widely used in aromatherapy, as the oil is powerful and classed as a convulsant and neurotoxin.

Caution: White camphor is an adrenal stimulant and should be completely avoided by people prone to asthma or epileptic seizures. Avoid during pregnancy. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Do not use on children. If used on adults, use very small amounts.

Raises low blood pressure, stimulates respiration, can be an aphrodisiac OR lessen strong sex drives.

Skin Care with White Camphor

White camphor has strong anti-septic and antiviral properties that are helpful (in small amounts) in the treatment of acne, inflammation, oily skin conditions, spots, skin ulcers or any long healing wounds.

For infected skin or long healing wounds: Use a cold compress with 4 drops frankincense, 4 drops myrrh and 2 drops white camphor.

Circulation, Muscles & Joints

White camphor is a strong heart stimulant, therefore can be given in cases of heart failure due to: extreme shock, cardiac disease. The anti-inflammatory and diuretic actions are useful in a cold compress for gout, arthritis, rheumatism and sprains.

Respiratory System

White camphor is a respiratory system stimulant. The vapors open the sinus and breathing passages to ease bronchitis and coughs.

Immune System

White camphor is used in conditions of infectious fevers such as typhoid and pneumonia.

Nervous System

White camphor is used in situations where there is languid depression; it has a sedative effect in cases of hysteria, shock and most psychosomatic or nervous diseases. Camphor will often produce results where milder remedies prove insufficient or when a gentle shock is required in order to produce some reaction from a chronically ill patient.

White Camphor in Aromatherapy:

Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora

Note: Base

Parts Used: from the wood of mature evergreen trees over 50 years old, 100 ft high and 10 ft in diameter

Source: extracted from the wood of trees grown in Japan

Description and Odour Effect: brown and yellow camphor is extremely poisonous. White camphor is a colourless to pale yellow liquid with a sharp, pungent odour. Only small amounts of the white camphor should be used due to its toxicity levels. Homeopathic remedies are negated by the vapours alone.

Blends well with: eucalyptus, frankincense, patchouli, spicy and herbal oils

Applications: local application (with caution), cold compress, inhalation (with caution), vaporize

Therapeutic Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, insecticide, stimulant (central nervous system; adrenal glands; respiratory system) vasoconstrictor, rubefacient, vermifuge

Safety Data: It is an adrenal stimulant and should be completely avoided by people prone to asthma or epileptic seizures. Avoid during pregnancy. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Do not use on children. If used on adults, use very small amounts.

Note: Camphor is not widely used in aromatherapy, as the oil is powerful and classed as a convulsant and neurotoxin.

Chemical composition includes: 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.

The brown and yellow camphor oil has a very high safrole content, with yellow having between 10 - 20 % and the brown having 80%. These two oils are considered toxic, as well as carcinogenic.

Source: Crude camphor is extracted by steam distillation from the wood of the semi-evergreen tree grown in China. Crude camphor is then rectified under vacuum and filter-pressed to produce three fractions: white, brown and yellow. White camphor does not contain safrol and is the only type used in aromatherapy.

Camphor is related to the cinnamon and cassia trees.

White Camphor – Quick Reference

Skin Care: acne, inflammation, oily conditions, spots, insect prevention (flies, moths)

Circulation, Muscles & Joints: arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains

Respiratory: bronchitis, chills, coughs

Immune: colds, fever, influenza, infectious disease

Nervous: languid depression, sedates hysteria and shock

Keyword: Clarity

The balancing and calming properties of camphor help nervous tension and worried minds; clearing as an inhalant; massage for sore muscles and joints.

Camphor Magic: sniff to lessen sexual desire. Also place beside the bed for this purpose.

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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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