Camphor Tree(Cinnamomum camphora)

Latin name: Cinnamomum camphora (Linn.) (Presl.) (Lauraceae)

Sanskrit/Indian name:  Kapur, Karpura

General information:

The essential oil of Camphor is a revered ingredient in Ayurvedic formulations for skin remedies. It is known to reduce inflammation, repel insects and clear the respiratory tract. The German Commission E has documented the use of the herb externally in catarrhal diseases of the respiratory tract and muscular rheumatism.

Therapeutic constituents:

The ethanolic extract of the herb exhibits antibacterial activity against several gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The essential oil from the plant possesses antifungal properties.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Camphor oil clears infections from the lungs and the respiratory tract.
  • Its inflammatory property is helpful in alleviating joint aches as a result of rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Its aroma is calming, which makes Camphor oil and excellent relaxant.