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Camphor - Cinnamonum Camphora - Tree

Blending Note: Middle

Main Benefits: Inflammation, Flatulence, Colds and Flu, Spasms, Cramps, Libido

Properties: Stimulant, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Decongestant, Aesthetic, Sedative, Nervous Pacifier,

Antineuralgic, Anti-Inflammatory, Disinfectant, Insecticide

Origin: Finland

Other Producers: N/A

Allergy Warnings: Camphor oil is toxic and can be fatally poisonous if ingested in excess. Avoid while

pregnant. May cause skin irritation. Avoid in cases of epilepsy. Keep away from children. 


Short History:

In the 19th century, it was known that nitric acid oxidizes camphor into camphoric acid. Haller and Blanc published a semisynthesis of camphor from camphoric acid. Although they demonstrated its structure, they were unable to prove it. The first complete total synthesis of camphoric acid was published by Gustaf Komppa in 1903. Its inputs were diethyl which reacted by Claisen Condensation to yield diketocamphoric acid. Methylation with methyl iodide and a complicated reduction procedure produced camphoric acid. William Perkin published another synthesis a short time later. Previously, some organic compounds such as Urea had been synthesized in the laboratory as a proof but camphor was a scarce natural product with a worldwide demand. Komppa realized this and began industrial production of camphor in Finland in 1907. Camphor was used in ancient Sumatra to treat sprains, swellings, and inflammation.  Camphor is a component of paregoric, an opium/camphor tincture from the 18th century. Also in the 18th century, camphor was used by Leopold Auenbrugger in the treatment of mania.  


About Camphor:

The essential oil of camphor is obtained during the process of extraction of camphor from two types of camphor trees. The first one is the Common Camphor tree, from which the common camphor is obtained. The second variety is the Borneo Camphor tree, which is where Borneo Camphor is derived. The camphor oil obtained from both have similar properties, but they differ slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them. Camphor essential oil has many medicinal properties as well. Camphor oil can be found on the market under three different colours or fractions. Brown and yellow camphor are considered to be more toxic because they contain a higher percentage of safrol, and should not be used for therapeutic uses. Camphor oil is extracted from the wood of a tree by steam distillation. The aroma is sharp, camphoraceous with a woody undertone


Medicinal Uses:

Circulatory System, Metabolism, Digestion, Secretion and Circulation, Digestion, Sluggish or Overactive Metabolic Rates, Obstructed Secretions, Disinfectant, Germicide, Skin Fungal Infections lice Parasites of Bugs Nervous Disorders, Convulsions, Epileptic Attacks, Nervousness, Chronic Anxiety, Spasms and Cramps Spasmodic Cholera, Camphor oil, Libido, Sexual Desires and urges, Erectile Problems, Neuralgia, Blood Vessels Sedative, Rheumatic, Arthritis, Gout, Bronchi, Larynx, Pharynx, Nasal Tracts, Lungs, Colds, Flu, Food Poisoning,  Insect Bites.


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