Common Name: Camphor (white)
Synonyms: Hon-sho, true camphor, laurel camphor, gum camphor, Japenese camphor, Formosa camphor
Latin Binomial: Cinnamomum camphora
Production Method: steam distillation
Countries of Origin: Native to Japan, Taiwan and China; cultivated in India, Ceylon, Egypt, Madagasgar, southern Europe and America.
Description of Oil: colorless to pale yellow liquid; with a sharp, pungent odor
Description of Plant: A tall handsome evergreen, bearing many branches with clusters of small white flowers followed by red berries.
History, Folklore and Myth: Traditionally a lump of camphor worn around the neck would protect one from infectious diseases. Also used for nervous and respiratory diseases and heart failure.
Properties and Uses: Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hypertensive, Insecticide, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Sudorific,Vulnerary
Precautions and Contraindications: Yellow and Brown camphor are extremely toxic and should not be used in aromatherapy.
Other Interesting Information: White camphor does not contain safrole and is safe in aromatherapy and for topical use.
Non-toxic at low levels. Potential toxic reaction. Possible convulsant, neurotoxic. Avoid when pregnant.