Camphoric essential oil is extracted from the Cinnamomum Camphora tree, also known as Laurus camphora from the Lauraceae family. The oil has some toxic effects and is used very effectively in steam therapies for lung scar removal and for mental problems such as apathy and depression. It has a beneficial effect on all psychosomatic diseases and has a beneficial effect on the skin when used with great care.
After distillation in a vacuum is extracted three different types of camphor white, yellow and brawn. For aromatherapy using only white camphor, which has a clean and fresh flavor. Brown and yellow camphor are toxic and carcinogenic because they contain saffrol and are not used in aromatherapy.
Camphor oil is extracted by steam distillation of the roots or branches of the tree. The extracted concentrate is then placed in a vacuum and filtered.
The main chemical components of camphor oil are: a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, limonene, 1,8-cineol, d-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, furfural, camphor, linalool, bornyl acetate, terpinene -4-ol, caryophyllene, borneol, piperitone, geraniol, safrole, cinnamon, methyl cinnamate and eugenol.
Brown and yellow camphor oil have a very high saffrol content, about 10-20% for yellow and about 80% for brown. This makes them particularly dangerous and unusable, as they are considered to be toxic and carcinogenic.
Camphor oil is very strong and should be used with caution. It is not actually used in aromatherapy because it is classified as a convulsive and neurotoxin. Overdosage may cause seizures and vomiting. People suffering from epilepsy and asthma, as well as pregnant women, should not use the oil.
The therapeutic properties of camphor oil analgesic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypertension, insecticide, laxative, a heating, a stimulant, diaphoretic, anthelmintic, an agent for wounds.
Camphor oil is used in the treatment of nerve depression, acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscle aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, cough, colds, fever, influenza and infectious diseases.
As the oil is toxic, it should not be used as a massage agent in aromatherapy. It is usually used for inhalations to relieve respiratory problems. In some cases, it can also be used for compresses.
Camphor oil is a balancing oil and helps to calm the nerves and overcome the feeling of apathy. It serves to overcome fever and inflammation and is used to repel insects such as flies and moths.