White Camphor

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Botanical name:          

Cinnamomum Camphora

 

Origin:

China, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan

 

Method of extraction:

Steam distillation

Color:

Clear

Viscosity:

Thin

Extracted from:

Wood

 

Note clarification:

Middle

 

Aroma:

Fresh and woodsy

 

Blends well with:

Basil linalool, birch, black pepper, cedarwood, German chamomile, cinnamon leaf, clove bud, elemi, eucalyptus radiate, frankincense, ginger, lavender, manuka, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree, thyme

 

Therapeutic uses:

Camphor is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and an expectorant. It’s a great ingredient in pain-relieving salves to help with muscle and joint pain and inflammation. So it's great for arthritis and rheumatoid pain management. In a topical ointment or salve, it can help to heal bruising. It is a stimulant. It is also often used in insect repellents.

 

Safety:

Not recommended for use around small children.

(Source - Tisserand and Young, Essential Oil Safety, Second edition page 227 - 229)

Approximate shelf life:

(Undiluted)

3 years (refrigerated)

 

Notes:

Don’t confuse white camphor with brown or yellow camphor. Avoid the brown and yellow camphor because it’s toxic due to its high safrole content. Only white camphor is used in aromatherapy. Brown camphor oil is not typically sold commercially but is sometimes sold as sassafras oil.

 

Sources:

Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page. 

Disclaimer:

Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.