Camphor oil is a powerful and aromatic oil. This oil is prepared by steam distillation from the wood of the camphor tree which is easily absorbed through the skin. This oil is also used to make many types of cosmetic products such as shampoos, soaps, moisturizers, etc. It is also used in oil diffusers and aromatherapy.
There are a lot of antioxidants in camphor oil. In addition, it also contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory elements. In medicinal form, this oil is used in the treatment of skin irritation, wrinkles, skin inflammation, pimples, hair loss, joint pain, muscle pain, and phlegm.
Importance of Camphor oil in Ayurveda
Camphor oil is very important in Ayurvedic medicine. It is mainly found in terpinene-4-all, caryophyllene, saprol, eugenol, and camphene which are used in natural skincare. Camphor essential oil helps in fighting many diseases in Ayurveda. The use of camphor oil in Aromatherapy gives relief from the symptoms of pneumonia and bronchitis. It enhances immunity and accelerates metabolism. The fragrance of camphor oil relaxes the mind by removing nervousness and restlessness.
Camphor oil contains antibacterial and antiseptic elements which protect against infectious bacteria. Massaging with this oil provides relief from sprains, spasms, stiffness, and stretchiness in the muscles. Applying camphor oil on insect bites gives relief. In addition, applying camphor oil mixed in a carrier oil, and applying it on the affected parts provide relief in itching, redness, and rubbing of the skin.
Benefits of Camphor oil
Beneficial in infections and allergies-
Camphor oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties which are helpful in preventing infection, allergies, and inflammation. This oil helps in getting rid of parasitic infections such as tapeworm and ringworm. Additionally, the antioxidants present in this oil relieve many skin irritations. By applying this oil on the skin, the problem of fine lines, pimples, wrinkles, and aging, etc. is removed.
Beneficial for the hair-
Camphor oil is beneficial in many types of hair problems. The nutrients present in it work to make the hair healthy and strengthen them. Apart from this, this oil is also useful in treating hair fall and dandruff.
Avoidance of free radicals-
Camphor oil provides protection from the free radicals present in the body. The free radicals present in the body cause many serious diseases. The antioxidants present in this oil works to fight free radicals and prevent the body from being subjected to those serious diseases.
Helpful in relieving pain and swelling-
Camphor oil has anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, this oil is helpful in reducing pain and swelling permanently because it kills the skin-irritating bacteria due to which skin irritation and pain are reduced. Additionally, this oil also removes skin inflammation.
Helpful in treating nervous disorder-
Camphor oil has powerful agents such as analgesic and anaesthesia properties which are helpful in treating nervous disorders. Many types of research have shown that camphor oil is also beneficial in reducing the symptoms of nervous disorders like anxiety, cramps, nervousness, and epileptic seizures.
Beneficial in respiratory problems-
Camphor oil is a good home remedy for the treatment of respiratory problems such as blocked nose, phlegm, cough, and cold. Camphor oil has a strong odor that opens the congested respiratory tract. It provides relief in breathing and helps to clear mucus (phlegm) in the lungs. Additionally, mixing equal amounts of sweet oil and camphor essential oil and massaging it lightly on the chest provides quick relief.
To improve digestion-
Camphor oil acts as an effective stimulant. It promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes and helps the digestive system to function smoothly. This oil speeds up metabolism and ejects waste materials from the system. The active compounds in camphor oil help treat gas formation and flatulence.
Side effects of Camphor oil
- Applying camphor oil directly to the skin can cause skin irritation. Therefore, use this essential oil by mixing it with any other carrier oil.
- Do not apply camphor oil to children below 2 years of age.
- This oil can cause allergies in people with sensitive skin. Therefore, people with sensitive skin should not use it.
- Excessive use of camphor oil can cause problems like nausea and vomiting.
- Pregnant or lactating women should use this oil after consulting a physician.