Camphor Essential Oil

Camphor is the main ingredient in products such as Vicks VapoRub and other commercial cough and congestion products.

It is obtained from large, hardy trees which are cultivated in sub-tropical countries such as India, Madagascar, China and Japan.

Effect on mind: It can have a balancing effect so is useful for shock, hysteria, depression and nervousness.

Effect on body: Encourages full breathing. Helps soothe muscle aches and stiffness.

Effect on skin: Stimulant which can create hot/cold sensations. Useful for inflammation.

Blends well with: Lavander, Rosemary


Botanical (INCI) Name:

Cinnamomum camphora


Pale yellow – clear


Fresh, wood, strong

Plant parts used:


Extraction method:

Steam distillation

Region of origin:





Oils and Alcohol



Do not apply undiluted essential oils to your skin. Use a carrier oil or solvent to dilute first.


Do not drip undiluted essential oils into eyes as this will cause a chemical burn and may result in temporary blindness. Diluted essential oils may be used close to the eyes. More here.


Undiluted essential oils should not be dripped into the ears, but diluted essential oils may be placed on a cotton wad for partial insertion.


Keep essential oils in a place where young children cannot reach them, and never let them handle essential oils bottles.


If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in any doubt about any condition you may have, you are advised to seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using pure essential oils.

For a full list of safety guidelines and more in depth information please visit the Tisserand Institute website.

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    Kerrie Ruruku

    I soak wood balls or chips in Camphor oil, place them in a natural mesh bag and place them in my draws, a natural (chemical free)way to keep bugs away from clothes, I also use camphor for any chest or cold problems mixing it (10 drops to 200 ml)with any of the pure carrier oils before rubbing it on the skin. This recipe is over a 100 years old (from my nan)

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