What is camphor?
Although camphor is the name of a tree, the term camphor is a name that is usually used to denote one of the common products that can be extracted from camphor trees.
Camphor is available in the market in several different forms, such as: camphor oil, camphor powder, and solid waxy camphor pieces.
Camphor is known for its high effectiveness in fighting fungi and mold, and it has many other benefits that we will learn about next.
These are the most important benefits that camphor may hold for you:
1- For the health of the respiratory system
Camphor is often used as one of the ingredients that are usually included in cough and cold medicines, due to the ability of the camphor scent to relieve respiratory tract congestion and reduce phlegm build-up.
Camphor also enters the composition of medicines and creams that are used to grease the chest and abdomen.
2- Regulating hormones
One of the common benefits of camphor is its ability to regulate the levels of various hormones in the body, especially sex hormones, so some may use it to treat erectile dysfunction and to increase sexual desire. But the effectiveness of camphor in this regard is still under research and study.
3- Improve digestion
Although camphor is generally not fit for human consumption, there is a special type of camphor that is manufactured in India specifically and can be taken in small doses to treat diarrhea and various digestive problems.
4- For healthy hair and skin
Camphor has many wonderful benefits for the skin and hair, as camphor helps to:
- Cooling, numbing, relieving skin irritation and combating any pain or inflammation in it.
- Relieve itchy skin.
- Nail fungus treatment.
- Eczema relief.
- Reducing pain and muscle swelling.
- Stimulate hair growth and strengthen blood circulation in the scalp.
- Anti lice.
Eucalyptus oil benefits
Camphor essential oil has many health benefits, the most important of which are:
- Strengthening blood circulation throughout the body, which makes the body more able to fight many diseases.
- Repel insects, and a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your vicinity will achieve this.
- Reducing joint inflammation, just massaging the site of pain with eucalyptus oil may help you reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.
- Reducing nasal and respiratory congestion, due to its strong smell that can penetrate deep into the airways.
- Fighting neurological diseases and relieving muscle spasms that may result from them, in addition to improving brain health and improving cognition.
- A natural sexual stimulant and treatment for some sexual problems, for example, massaging the penis area with eucalyptus oil improves blood circulation and helps treat erectile dysfunction.
- Stimulating relaxation and aiding sleep, which is especially beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia.
Cautions and risks
These are the most important caveats that you should know about camphor before you start using it:
- Camphor (in all its forms) is not considered fit for human consumption. Rather, it should be used for external purposes only. Eating it (especially in large doses) may cause death.
- Camphor is a natural allergen, so it is best to avoid using it near the mouth or eyes.
- The approved dosage of camphor by the US Food and Drug Administration is only camphor with a concentration of less than 11%.
- Eucalyptus oil is considered unfit for human use, and its oral consumption may cause serious symptoms such as: extreme thirst, intoxication, hypothermia, vomiting, and hallucinations.
- Do not use camphor oil on the skin before mixing it with other diluted oils, and here we recommend mixing it with one of the following oils: chamomile oil, basil oil, violet oil.
- Camphor or its oil should not be used on the following groups: Children, pregnant and lactating women (may cause fetal abnormalities).