What in the world can you use Camphor for? What about Cananga? In this month’s edition of Essential Oils A to Z we explore the amazing properties and qualities of these two essential oils.
The wood of Cinnamomum camphora is steam distilled to create an oil with a clean, menthol-like aroma. Camphor is a middle note oil that blends well with Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary.
Camphor is wonderful to use as an insecticide and germicide. It is well regarded for driving off moths—simply add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in storage bins or in the back of closets to ward off unwanted guests; replenish application routinely. Camphor is also used in small doses to help minimize minor skin and fungal infections. Used topically, it can also alleviate minor pain from arthritis by promoting blood flow. A fantastic decongestant, Camphor can be added to diffuser blends to help clear sinuses. It can often be substituted for Cajeput.
Originally from Indonesia, the flowers of Cananga odorata are steam distilled to produce a sweet, strong and exotic aroma that is deeply floral. Cananga is a middle note oil that blends well with Bergamot, Cassia and Vetiver.
Cananga has several different benefits, including reducing oil in skin and hair. It can also be used to help reduce high blood pressure. When applied topically, this oil can help relieve itchiness and inflammation from insect bites. To ease mild tension or stress, add to a homemade bath blend for nighttime relaxation. It can be used as an aromatic substitute for the highly popular Ylang Ylang.