CAMPHOR OIL BENEFITS AND USES

CAMPHOR OIL USES

Used in aromatherapy applications, Camphor Oil can be added to an electric diffuser to promote decongestion. To provide soothing relief to the nose and throat to diminish the discomforts of coughs and colds, simply diffuse 2-3 drops of Camphor Essential Oil. To offer more profound relief to the respiratory system with the added benefits of other valuable essential oils, in a dark glass bottle add 10 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 6 drops Ravensara Essential Oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and 3 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil. Diffuse 7 drops of this blend for 30 minutes every couple of hours and inhale deeply to help clear mucus and phlegm. If used for a few days a week, this blend is reputed to promote easier breathing.

For an aromatic soak, 2-3 drops of the oil can be added to a bathtub filled with warm water. Soaking in this for 10 minutes is known to address a lack of energy by giving the body and mind a boost with the oil’s crisp and invigorating scent. For a more complex bath blend that uses more beneficial essential oils, mix 10 drops Camphor Essential Oil with 10 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil and 5 drops Sweet Basil Essential Oil. This blend can be diffused outside of a bath by combining the oils in a dark glass bottle and pouring 7-10 drops into a diffuser.

To eliminate airborne bacteria that causes a polluted indoor environment, combine 15 drops Camphor Essential Oil and 15 drops Pine Essential Oil, storing it in a dark glass bottle. In a well-ventilated room, diffuse 5-10 drops of this blend for 20 minutes to enhance air purity and reduce the potential of creating an environment in which viral infections can thrive.

To overcome feelings of stress and fatigue, or to boost strength and immunity while recovering from a cold or the flu, blend and diffuse 8 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 6 drops Lime Essential Oil, 5 drops Sweet Basil Essential Oil, and 4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil. To relieve migraines, combine and diffuse 10 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 6 drops Neroli Essential Oil, and 4 drops Cajeput Essential Oil. To turn this into a topical blend that can be gently massaged into the temples or the wrists, simply add 2 Tbsp. of a carrier oil of personal preference to the oil mixture.

Used in cosmetic applications, Camphor Oil is known to benefit the oily and acne-prone skin by preventing a build-up of oil, dirt, and bacteria and by reducing inflammation. To create a night serum that is reputed to soothe irritated, tender, and inflamed skin, first choose a carrier choice best suited to your individual skin type, as this will not only create the base of the serum but it will also prevent further skin congestion. Pour 10 ml of this carrier oil into a 12 ml amber glass bottle with a dropper. Next, add 5 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 4 drops Lemon Essential Oil, and 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the oils. Before bed, cleanse the face and massage 1-2 drops of this blend into the skin. In the morning, rinse the face with water.

To create a refreshing face mask that boosts circulation and collagen production, balances oil production, and provides relief to itching, inflammation, and irritation, mix 1 g Polysorbate 20 with 3 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 3 drops Orange Essential Oil, 2 drops Geranium Essential Oil, and 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil in a 60 ml (2 oz.) bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with 60 ml alcohol-free Witch Hazel Distillate. Cap the bottle and shake it well to thoroughly combine all the oils. Pour 2 drops of this blend onto a cotton swab and apply it directly to areas of the skin that are affected by excessive oiliness. To address larger areas, add 1 tsp. of this blend to a small basin filled with warm water, then immerse a face cloth in the basin, squeeze out excess water, and place it on the face, keeping the eyes closed. The shelf life of this blend is approximately 1 week (1% dilution).

For a massage blend that promotes better circulation, combine 8 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 4 drops Cumin Essential Oil, 8 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 2 Tbsp. Tamanu Carrier Oil. Though this blend might have a cooling effect at first, it will soon have a warming effect that promotes enhanced blood flow to cold extremities, such as the hands and feet. For a massage blend that soothes sore and tired muscles, simply dilute 5 drops of Camphor Essential Oil in 1 tsp. of one of the following carrier oils: Grapeseed, Hazelnut, or Olive. Massage a small amount of this blend into the affected areas to strengthen muscles and relieve aches.

Used in medicinal applications, Camphor Essential Oil is known to strengthen the immune system and to protect the body against bacteria, even that which is airborne. To create a vapor rub that can be applied to the chest to reduce the symptoms of colds and the flu, first heat 30 ml (1 oz.) of Olive Carrier Oil in a pan, then add a 2-inch cube of Beeswax. Stir these two ingredients together until the wax melts. Next, add 3-5 drops Camphor Essential Oil and stir the combination thoroughly. Store the mixture in a glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator until it cools. Once it solidifies, remove it from the fridge and store it at room temperature. Apply this salve to the chest as needed. Alternatively, it can be massaged into the back or the soles of the feet. This salve has a shelf life of up to 1 year.

For a more complex cold and flu salve that can address internal inflammation, restore strength, and eliminate internal infections and mucus try one of the following blends: Combine 3 Tbsp. Hazelnut Carrier Oil, 5 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, and 4 drops Pine Essential Oil. Alternatively, combine 2 Tbsp. Jojoba Carrier Oil, 7 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 6 drops Wild Black Spruce Essential Oil, and 5 drops Pine Essential Oil.

For a massage blend that soothes joint pain caused by inflammation of the tissues, simply combine 3 Tbsp. Sweet Almond Carrier Oil, 8 drops Camphor Essential Oil, and 7 drops Birch Essential Oil in a 45-50 ml (1.5-2 oz.) dark glass bottle. Shake the bottle well to thoroughly combine all the oils, then massage a moderate amount into the affected areas. This can be repeated several times a day for up to 1 week.

For a massage blend that relieves menstrual pain commonly associated with internal inflammation, mix 2 Tbsp. Coconut Carrier Oil, 4 drops Camphor Essential Oil, 4 drops Sage Essential Oil, and 4 drops Thuja Essential Oil. Massage this blend onto the skin below the belly in a gentle clockwise direction until the oil is absorbed into the skin. Gently heating this blend before an application is known to facilitate both its absorption and its healing activity.

CAMPHOR OIL BENEFITS

The main chemical constituents of Camphor Essential Oil are: a-Pinene, Camphene, Limonene, 1,8-Cineole, and p-Cymene.

 

PINENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-septic
  • Expectorant
  • Bronchodilator

 

CAMPHENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Soothing
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

LIMONENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Nervous system stimulant
  • Psychostimulant
  • Mood-balancing
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Detoxifying
  • Digestive

 

1,8 CINEOLE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-spasmodic 
  • Anti-viral
  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced tension headaches
  • Anti-tussive
  • Expectorant
  • Cough suppressant

 

P-CYMENE is known to exhibit the following activity:

  • Anti-oxidant
  • Sedative
  • Soothing
  • Neuroprotective
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

Used in aromatherapy applications, Camphor Oil’s lasting scent, which is similar to that of menthol and can be described as cool, clean, clear, thin, bright, and piercing, is known to promote fuller and deeper breathing. For this reason, it is commonly used in vapor rubs for its ability to offer relief to a congested respiratory system by clearing the lungs and addressing symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. It boosts circulation, immunity, convalescence, and relaxation, especially for those who suffer from nervous ailments such as anxiety and hysteria. Additionally, Camphor Oil is reputed to address some symptoms of epilepsy. When Camphor Essential Oil is combined with any of the following oils, it is known to contribute to a blend that is aromatically appealing: Sweet Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Melissa, and Rosemary essential oils.

Used cosmetically or topically in general, the cooling effects of Camphor Essential Oil can soothe inflammation, redness, sores, insect bites, itching, irritation, rashes, acne, sprains, and muscular aches and pains, such as those associated with arthritis and rheumatism. With anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, Camphor Oil is known to help protect against contagious viruses, such as those associated with cold sores, coughs, the flu, measles, and food poisoning. When applied to minor burns, rashes, and scars, Camphor Oil is known to reduce their appearance or, in some cases, remove them altogether while calming the skin with its cooling sensation. Its astringent property tightens the pores to leave the complexion looking firmer and clearer. Its anti-bacterial quality not only promotes the elimination of acne-causing germs, it also protects against harmful microbes that can potentially lead to serious infections upon entering the body through scrapes or cuts.