Latin name: Cinnamomum camphora (Linn.) (Presl.) (Lauraceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Kapur, Karpura
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.
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.