Generally used for topical analgesic and antipuritic
The clippings, roots and wood chips of the camphor tree are processed to produce camphor crystals and camphor oil. In addition to the aromatic quality of camphor, it is used medicinally in massage compounds, lip salve and inhalants. The camphor tree is native to eastern Asia and is a close relative of the cinnamon tree. The sturdy tree has glossy dark green aromatic leaves. The wood repels insects, moths, and is very durable against the erosion of salt air. In days gone by, the wood was used by sailors to moth-proof their clothes. Camphor is extracted from the wood by steam distillation, which yields transparent crystals. More recently an extraction from the leaves has also produced camphor crystals. The camphor oil is an agent which eases bruises, inflammations, and joint pains.
Camphor has a mild action similar to a local anesthetic. Camphor powder 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.
Camphor (gum) comes from the wood of the trunk and from the root of trees that are between 50 and 60 years old. Camphor is distilled until a "mud" of camphor solids and oils floats to the top. The oil is extracted by pressing this "mud." The remaining solids are cleaned and dried. 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.
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora; Family: N.O. Lauraceae; aka Laurel Camphor, Gum Camphor. White crystals. Fragrant and penetrating order. Pungent, aromatic "taste".
This natural camphor granules are derived from the camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora. The camphor is obtained by steam distillation of the wood (trunk, roots and branches) and then purified through sublimation.
Safety Info: Avoid during pregnancy, Not for internal use. Do not apply to the face or nose of infants or small children. Keep out of the reach of children.
In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.
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