Camphor Gum is a transparent waxy crystalline material that has a strong pungent aroma. Camphor is a terpenoid, it is found in the wood of the camphor laurel a large evergreen tree found in Asia (particularly in Sumatra, Borneo islands, and Indonesia). It is used for its scent, as an embalming fluid, for medicinal purposes, and in religious ceremonies.
Camphor has been used in traditional medicine from time immemorial, it was used in ancient Sumatra to treat sprains, swellings, and inflammation and was also used for centuries in Chinese medicine for a variety of purposes.
According to the ancient Indian traditional systems of healing, camphor purifies the air and inhaling that air has numerous medicinal benefits. Camphor products are used to relieve pain and reduce itching. It has also been used to treat fungal infections and minor burns.
Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin, where it stimulates nerve endings sensitive to heat and cold, producing a warm sensation when vigorously applied, or a cool sensation when applied gently. The action on nerve endings also induces a slight local analgesia.
The cooling and penetrating effects of camphor oil make it an anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very helpful in relieving nearly all types of inflammation. It also relaxes the body and mind while giving a feeling of peace and freshness. It can prove to be very cooling and refreshing, particularly in the summer.