Generally used for topical analgesic and antipuritic
In addition to the aromatic quality of camphor, it is used medicinally in massage compounds, lip salve and inhalants. Camphor repels insects, moths, and is very durable against the erosion of salt air. In days gone by, it was used by sailors to moth-proof their clothes. The camphor mixed in oil bases is an agent which eases bruises, inflammations, and joint pains.
Camphor has a mild action similar to a local anesthetic. Camphor can easily be added during manufacturing to add a cooling effect to a product. Frequently used to relieve muscular aches and pains, insect bites, local skin irritation and as a mild odorant. It is used as Perfumery ingredient in soaps, cosmetics and Deodorant preparations, and in a few Ayurvedic Preparations that requires camphoraceous odor.
This camphor is used in shaving creams, hair products, and any personal care product that needs to cool the skin.
General: Starting reagent for organic syntheses. Odorant and flavorant in moth repellent. Plasticizer in cosmetics. Preservative.
Medical: Topical analgesic. Topical antipuritic.
Veterinarian: Stimulant. Carminative. Antipruritic. Counterirritant. Antiseptic.
Freely soluable in carbon disulfide, petroleum benzin, mineral acids, phenol, NH3, liquid SO2, and volatile oils.
Other Uses: Visions, divination, clairvoyance, dreams, calming hysteria, cleansing
Associations: Moon, Water
Aroma: A very strong menthol effect, leaving the sinus passages open and cool, and the head in a strange place - a feeling of clarity without a reason why. Much better if left out and unburned - can be very harsh if burned.
Home-made Massage Cream
Heat together four tablespoons of sunflower (or safflower oil) mixed with 4 tablespoons of lanolin. Then slowly add heated rose water to it. Now add a tablespoon of camphor to make a really invigorating massage cream. To make this cream lighter mix two tablespoons of petroleum jelly.
Home-made Massage Oil
Mix together half cup each of almond oil and castor oil. Add one teaspoon of camphor. Mix well and use.
Mix together in a large bottle 1/2 cup rose water, 1/2 cup witch-hazel, 1/2 cup distilled water, 1 tablespoon camphor. To make the astringent stronger, add a pinch of alum. Strain and use to tighten and tone the skin.
Camphor has been added to water used in divination, and has been said to boost clairvoyance and dreams. Instead of burning this on charcoal, simply set it out. Camphor can ulcerate the mucous membranes, so use it carefully.
White crystals. Fragrant and penetrating order. Pungent, aromatic "taste".
Safety Info: Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. CAS#76-22-2
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