Latin Name: Cinnamomum Camphora.
Part of Plant Used: Wood & Roots
Camphor essential oil is extracted from the Cinnamomum Camphora (also known as Laurus camphora) of the Lauraceae family and is also known as true camphor, hon-sho, gum camphor, as well as Japanese and Formosan camphor. It’s a potent essential oil that brings a number of health benefits. Camphor oil produces three distinct fractions: white, brown, and yellow. Among all fractions, only white camphor oil is used for medicinal and aromatic purposes.
Camphor is really a naturally sourced perfumed substance which was produced from the camphor laurel before the 1920s, whenever chemists effectively produced it.
Camphor essential oil is extracted from camphor trees that are more than 50 years in age. This tree is found mainly in tropical regions of Asia and in different parts of South America. The camphor oil is extracted using the steam distillation method of extraction from the woods and roots of the camphor tree.
Powerful and medicinal are two words to describe the unique scent of camphor. It has strong aroma, peasants used to wear lumps of of camphor around their necks to repel infectious diseases. For over 5,000 years Ayurvedic medicine has utilized camphor mainly as a germ killer. Camphor was also used in Persia (now Iran) as a remedy for the plague. Even modern day people turn to camphor to fight cold symptoms. Besides fighting colds, camphor has many other uses. Ancient inhabitants of India used camphor in a variety of religious rituals. The Chinese used camphor wood to build ships and temples, not just for the wood’s durability, but also because of its aromatic properties. Camphor has another unique use: that of a moth repellent. Therefore, it’s a great natural way to protect much-loved wardrobes from the damage moth infestation causes.