Camphor essential oil is a product of distillation of the wood of the camphor tree, a giant tree that is native to Japan, Taiwan and China.
This essential oil is used for its intense penetrating aroma and numbing property, when used topically. It is also known to be safely excreted from the body as urine once it is absorbed by the skin.
Here are some of the health benefits of camphor essential oil:
1. It helps to stimulate circulation.
Camphor essential oil helps to stimulate circulation and improve metabolism, digestion and excretion.
2. It helps to clear the respiratory tract from congestion.
This essential oil has a strong aroma that helps to decongest the respiratory tract including the bronchi, larynx, the nasal tracts and lungs.
3. It has a numbing effect that makes it an effective local anesthetic.
When applied locally, this essential oil has a numbing effect on the sensory nerves of the area of application, making it a good local anesthetic. It is also known to have a calming effect on people who experience nervous disorders, epileptic attacks and convulsions.
4. It helps to relieve spasms and cramps.
5. It helps to cure erectile problems.
Camphor essential oil is known to increase libido. It works by stimulating the part of the brain which is responsible for arousing sex drive. When applied locally, it can also help to cure erectile problems by increasing blood flow to the affected parts.
6. It helps to relieve neuralgia.
Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve which is irritated, pressed by surrounding tissues or damaged. Camphor essential oil helps to contract the blood vessels to reduce the pressure on the affected nerve.
7. It helps to cure inflammation
This essential oil has anti inflammatory properties which help to cure most types of internal or external inflammation. It also contains sedative properties which help to relax the body and mind.
8. It helps to relieve pain and swelling due to arthritis and rheumatism.
Its ability to enhance blood circulation makes camphor essential oil helpful in reducing swelling and pain caused by arthritis and rheumatism.
9. It helps to relieve gas pains.
This essential oil has carminative properties which makes it able to give relief to persons who are experiencing gas problems.
These are some of the health benefits of camphor essential oil. Aside from these, it is also known to help in the treatment of hysteria, cough, measles, flu and infections of the reproductive organs. You should however take note that camphor oil is toxic and can be fatal if ingested in excess. As much as possible, you should avoid taking this essential oil internally.