If you’re looking to learn about different essential oils, then you’re in the right place! Read below to find out more about Camphor essential oil and its many wonders.
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.
Often a substitute for Cajeput, Camphor is wonderful to use as an insecticide and germicide, especially against mosquitoes. To drive off moths, simply add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in storage bins or in the back of closets; replenish routinely. Camphor is also used in small doses to help minimize minor skin and fungal infections. Used topically, it can alleviate minor pain from arthritis by promoting blood flow. That’s why we use it in our soothing Deep Tissue essential oil blend (read more about the blend here). We recommend adding a scoop or two of bath salts to a soothing post-workout soak to release tension. A fantastic decongestant, Camphor can also be added to diffuser blends to help clear sinuses. Eucalyptus and Rosemary blend well for this use. Additionally, this oil has been used as an incense during times of prayer and meditation by Hindus.
Want to find out more about other essential oils? Check out our Essential Oils A to Z Series, where we’re constantly adding new profiles.