The health benefits of Camphor Essential Oil include properties such as: anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant and is commonly used in topical cold sore medications.
Essential Oil of Camphor is obtained during the process of extraction from two types of Camphor trees. The first is the common Camphor tree, bearing the scientific name Cinnamonum Camphora, from which common camphor is gathered. The second is the Borneo Camphor, scientifically known as Dryobalanops Camphora. The camphor oil obtained from both have similar properties, but differ slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them.
The various components of Camphor Oil are: Borneol, Pinene, Camphene, Camphor, Terpene and Safrol. Camphor Oil, apart from having a cool, penetrating feel has many medicinal properties too, which are listed below:
Anti-Inflammatory & Sedative:
The cooling and penetrating effects of Camphor Oil make it a useful anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very helpful in soothing many types of skin inflammation. Camphor proves to be very cooling and refreshing to the skin while also providing anti-bacterial benefits.
Camphor Oil is an excellent disinfectant and anti-microbial agent. Camphor is used in many Asian medical preparations and ointments used to treat bacterial and fungal infections on the skin. Mixed in bathing water, camphor disinfects the whole body externally.