Camphor White - Cinnamomum camphora

White camphor oil is the primary ingredient in the Chinese Tiger Balm used for sore muscle relief, a topical pain reliever and a sedative. Can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent. 

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County of Origin China
Botanical Family Lauraceae
Therapeutic Properties Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, counter-irritant, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, rubefacient, vermifuge.
Chemical Family Alcohol, Monoterpenes
Approx. Shelf Life 4 - 5 years
Plant Parts Wood
Note Classification Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Orange, Mandarin

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History: In Victorian times, camphor was used to revive women after faint spells (probably from lack of oxygen because of their tight under-garments). Camphor has been used in China for thousands of years. There is large amount of confusion surrounding white camphor. Valnet reported on Borneo Camphor (dryobalanops camphora) not white camphor. There are two different camphors with the same scientific name, hon-sho and ho-sh. Hon-sho is true white camphor. 

Characteristics: Camphor Essential Oil is a top note with a strong, penetrating, fragrant odor.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, counter-irritant, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, rubefacient, vermifuge. Used for acne, inflammation, oily conditions, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, bronchitis, chills, coughs, colds, fevers, flu and infectious diseases.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Bath, compress, inhalation, lotion, massage, salve and traumatic situations where consciousness is required.

Safety: Nontoxic, avoid with pregnancy and with infants and young children, avoid if prone to seizures. Due to the presence of camphor in this oil, please consult a medical practitioner before use. Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
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    White camphor oil is the primary ingredient in the Chinese Tiger Balm used for sore muscle relief, a topical pain reliever and a sedative. Can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent. 

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