- Botanical: Cinnamomum camphora
- Family: Lauraceae
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Known asCamphor tree, Camphorwood, camphor laurel, Kampfer, Kampferlorbeer
Old Useculinary; medicinal
Parts Usedbark, wood
Medicinalabdominal pain, arthritis, bronchitis, back pain, bronchitis, bruises, bursitis, circulation, colds, coughs, cramps, cramps stomach, digestion, fever, gastrointestinal, knee pain, muscle pain, nausea, pain relief, rheumatism, spasm, vomiting, lumbago, osteoarthritis, stomach cramps
Heart & Circulationcirculation
Infection & Inflammationfever
Muscle & Jointsarthritis, joint pain, knee pain, lower back pain (lumbago), muscle cramps, muscle pain, rheumatism, spasm
Respiratory Systembronchitis, cough, difficulty breathing, lung weakness
Stomach & Intestinalbowel cleansing, constipation, diarrhea, digestion, flatulence, gastrointestinal, indigestion, nausea, vomiting
Skin & Hairbruises
Propertiesantiseptic, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, anti inflammatory, carminative, cooling, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, stomachic
Cinnamomum camphora is a small, glabrous tree. Leaves alternate and penniverved with stout dormant buds enclosed in large, silky orbicular concave, imbricating caducous scales. Flowers in lax axillary, terminal panicles on the ends of the twigs, creamy white in colour, hermaphroditic, actinomorphic; ovary 1, locular; ovule 1, pendulous or basal; stamens definite, free; anthers opening by valves or slits; embryo minute.
Properties & Uses
Camphor oil has a duel action of hot and cold, which has a balancing effect on the yin and yang energies. When first applied camphor oil numbs and cools the peripheral nerve endings, then warms the painful area as it stimulates circulation to cold, stiff muscles and limbs. This analgesic effect of camphor makes it a favorite oil to be used in pain relieving massage blends for sore muscles, low back pain, and arthritic pain.
Camphor also acts as an expectorant and a febrifuge, meaning that it cools fevers and helps clear lung congestion. Camphor is a very useful ingredient in inhalations for coughs, colds and difficulties in breathing. These actions, along with camphor's anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties make it a very useful and popular remedy for colds, flu, and bronchitis.
Camphor oil is powerful oil and should be used with care.
China, Japan, and adjacent parts of East Asia. Formosa official in the U.S.P. Dryobalanops aromatica is indigenous to Borneo and Sumatra.
1,8-cineole, alpha-terpinene, borneol ,camphor, carvacrol, caryophyllene, citronellol, eugenol , geraniol, kaempferol, limonene, p-cymene ,safrole, vanillin