The Camphor tree from which White Camphor Essential Oil is distilled, can grow up to 35 metres (100 feet) and camphor is found in every part of the tree. Cinnamomum camphora is an evergreen tree looking not unlike linden (the Lime). It grows to a great size, is many branched, its flowers are white, small and clustered and fruits are a red berry much like cinnamon.
Camphor oil is extracted by steam from the chipped wood, root stumps and branches. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed. White camphor essential oil is the first distillation fraction.
Reported Attributes of White Camphor Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant and vulnerary. It is a well-known preventive of moths and other insects, such as worms in wood; natural history cabinets are often made of it, the wood of the tree being occasionally imported to make cabinets for entomologists.
White Camphor Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Cedarwood, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.
In China and Japan, Cinnamomum camphora can often grow as old as a thousand years. To produce oil it must be at least 50 years old. Camphor was well known as a remedy against the plague in Persia (now Iran). It was also used in embalming. The Chinese used camphor wood to build ships and temples because of the woods durable and aromatic properties. Japanes Camphor is known as Ho Wood.
Camphor oil is powerful oil and should be used with care. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Persons suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.