Camphor Essential oil for health, healing and cleaning

Updated: Jun 2





CAMPHOR


Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora, Laurus camphora

Family: Lauraceae


The Camphor essential oil is obtained from the wood and related to the cinnamon and cassia trees. Camphor has been used in Chinese medicine for 2,000 years.

It is a semi-evergreen tree native to Asia. The tree grows to a height of about 40-1 (12-30.5 meters), has red leaves that turn shiny green, and clusters of yellow flowers. The price of camphor was once higher than the price of gold.

Ayurvedic medicine uses the plant for headaches, infections, and snake and insect bites.

The scent of camphor repels insects and was used in clothes and linen closets.


Practical Uses

Vapors open the sinus and breathing passages

Mood uplifting


Documented Properties

Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, anti- spasmodic, antiviral, cardiac, carminative, counterir ritant, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, insect repellent, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant (central nervous system; adrenal glands; respiratory system), sudorific, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, vulnerary.


Caution: Camphor is an adrenal stimulant and can be harmful. The oil should be avoided by people prone to epileptic seizures. Do not use on children. If used on adults, use only very small amounts.




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


DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Camphor Essential Oil

Camphor essential oil blend well basil, cajeput,chamomile, lavender and melissa.

What you Need:

Spray bottles — glass or certain types of plastic (PET and HDPE) work great

white vinegar

baking soda

unscented liquid Castile soap

olive oil

rubbing alcohol

cornstarch

Camphor essential oil

microfiber cloth

jar

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar

15 drops camphor essential oil

15 drops basil or chamomile essential oil

spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

Soft Scrub

3 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap

1 cup baking soda

15 drops Camphor essential oil

Glass jar

Mix together into a paste, take a small amount on a damp microfiber cloth, and scrub the surface. If the stains are really tough, let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Store the remaining soft scrub mixture in a jar.

Daily Shower Spray

2 cups distilled water

2 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap

10 drops Camphor essential oil

15 drops basil or chamomile essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray it on shower doors and tile every day after you shower and you should have to clean a whole lot less often.

Wood Floor Cleaner

2 cups distilled water

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

10 drops Camphor essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, squirt a little on the floor, and mop up with a damp mop or swifter.


Dusting Spray

1 cup distilled water

¼ cup white vinegar,

2 Tbsp. olive oil

15 drops Camphor essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe clean with microfiber cloth. Avoid vinegar on natural stone.

Wood polish

¼ cup white vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

10 drops Camphor essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, apply to a microfiber cloth, and wipe wood surface clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed. Avoid vinegar on natural stone.

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

¼ cup white vinegar or dish soap

1 ½ cups distilled water

25 drops Camphor essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean. Avoid vinegar on natural stone.

Mirror & Window Cleaner

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup rubbing alcohol

1Tbsp cornstarch

10 drops Camphor essential oil Spray bottle

Spray bottle Shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean.


Carpet Freshner

1 cup baking soda

10 drops Camphor essential oil

Jar

Shake all over carpet and let sit for half hour and then vacuum.


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