Camphor is obtained from the bark of the Cinnamonun Camphora tree. Only 50-year-old trees can produce the waxy substance, which is turned into camphor oil. The camphor tree is evergreen, it grows throughout Asia, primarily in Indonesia.
Camphor has a wide variety of topical uses due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it useful in healing infections. It can be used to treat skin conditions, improve respiratory function, and topically relieve pain, irritation, and itching. Camphor is also used to relieve chest congestion and other inflammatory conditions.
Camphor is considered an important ingredient in vapor rubs, balms and liniments to help allay pain and reduce itching. You might feel a tingling, warming or cooling sensation when using camphor products.
Camphor in muscle rubs can help to relieve muscle cramps, spasms, and stiffness.
The cooling and penetrating effects of camphor oil make it an anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It has the added benefit of relaxing the body and mind while enhancing a feeling of peace. The fragrance plays an important role in relaxation and sleep.
Camphor products have been known to be effective in relieving the pain, inflammation, and swelling caused by arthritis.
Camphor is also used in many medical preparations such as ointments and lotions to treat bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. It also is a detoxifier and a stimulant for the circulatory system, which can increase blood circulation and bring relief to those who suffer with rheumatic diseases, arthritis, and gout.