Camphor essential oil has powerful anesthetic and antispasmodic properties and when applied topically is a significant pain reliever. In fact, this natural, essential oil is used in many modern medicines. However, OTC medications also contain synthetic, or chemically processed ingredients, which cause many harmful side effects.

To eliminate the side effects and maintain all-natural ingredients in your topical pain reliever, you can purchase camphor essential oil and create your own, all-natural, topical blend by diluting it with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil. This way, you effectively eliminate the unnatural ingredients which are harmful to your body and health. You can buy 100 percent pure essential oils at many natural health retailers.

Furthermore, if you are looking for an all-natural topical product which contains camphor essential oil to help relieve your bodily aches and pains, try  Zen’s Relief Balm which is infused with camphor, eucalyptus, menthol, and wintergreen essential oils with coconut oil as the base. The all-natural formula is designed to reduce many types of bodily aches and pains significantly.


Read on to learn about the history, aroma, properties, and uses of camphor essential oil I’ve also included several homemade recipes for you to try!




Zen's Pain Relieving balm with Camphor Essential Oil

Zen’s Pain Relieving balm with Camphor Essential Oil




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A Short History of Camphor Essential Oil 



The camphor tree is native to China, Taiwan, and Japan, but now can be found growing in India and as far afield as California. This is a massive tree, which can grow up to 100 feet tall! The first mention of camphor is from ancient times in Persia where it was used as an aromatic with antiseptic and insect-repelling properties.

Camphor was traditionally worn around the neck to ward off evil spirits, infectious diseases, and to strengthen the heart. The medicinal virtues of camphor were discovered later in the Islamic period.




The Extraction of Camphor Essential Oil 



Camphor essential oil is extracted from the root stumps, branches, and wood of the evergreen camphor tree. In fact, the canopy of the tree has thousands of small, waxy leaves which omit the strong aroma of the essential oil. The oil is extracted by steam and then rectified by vacuum and filter pressed, but only from trees that are more than 50 years old. Trees younger than 5o years don’t have the potency that mature trees have.



The waxy, highly aromatic, leaves of the Camphor Tree and Camphor Essential Oil.

The waxy, highly aromatic, leaves of the Camphor Tree



The Aroma and Properties of Camphor Essential Oil 



The grounding aroma of camphor essential oil helps maintain calmness and a sense of presence. It has a strong, fresh, clean, and herbaceous aroma.

The essential oil contains terpenic ketone. Thus, it has such warm, pungent fumes.

The properties and benefits of camphor essential oil are invigorating, stimulating, cooling, penetrating, and balancing. It is naturally anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antispasmodic, and antiphlogistic.



Uses in Aromatherapy and Recipes



In aromatherapy, camphor essential oil is good for softening tense, aching muscles, easing joint pain, decreasing minor sprains, and soothing a stiff neck.

Moreover, camphor’s stimulant action excites blood circulation, which shows to reduce swelling in the body and gives relief to rheumatic ailments such as arthritis.

Furthermore, camphor is good for repelling insects and pests. A good way to use camphor essential oil for this purpose is to add several drops to a cotton ball and place it where you notice the entry of pests and near windows and doorways.



Ways to Use Camphor Essential Oil in Aromatherapy



  • Massage: Mix 8-10 drops of camphor essential oil per one ounce of carrier oil. You can use any carrier oil of your choosing, such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Then, massage a small amount onto the area of pain. Be sure to massage the blend in until it is fully absorbed. 
  • Bath and Shower: Add 5-10 drops of camphor essential oil to your hot bath water and stir it until it disperses well. Or, sprinkle it into the shower’s steam to allow the aroma to spread throughout the bathroom. 
  • Inhalation: Inhale camphor essential oil directly from the bottle. This method can help to reduce a headache or promote calmness.
  • DIY Projects: Camphor essential oil is perfect for your DIY projects such as soap making, candles, and homemade body products. 




Pain Relieving Massage Rub

  • 4 drops camphor essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 oz. carrier oil of your choosing


Enlightening Inhalant for Room Diffusing – A fresh and energizing inhalant to revitalize and invigorate the spirit. 

  • 3 drops camphor essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops spearmint essential oil


Extreme Focusing for Room Diffusing – A harmonizing blend of uplifting and grounding essential oils to help you keep alert and centered.

  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops camphor essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 1 drop patchouli essential oil



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Safety Precautions:


  • Camphor essential oil is a potent oil. Thus, always use this oil sparingly and always be sure to dilute it for massage purposes.
  • Do not ingest camphor as it can cause nausea and vomiting.
  • Avoid camphor oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.



Final Thoughts:


We here at Zen hope that this information about pain-relieving camphor essential oil is useful and can help you to relieve your aches and pains.

Also, don’t forget to take a look at Zen’s product line of all-natural, pain relieving products containing camphor essential oil along with other pain relieving essential oil blends!

If you wonder how Zen’s all-natural balms work to relieve aches and pains, take a look at our informative video!


Furthermore, please share your thoughts in the comments below if you found this information about camphor essential oil helpful! Feel free to share your essential oil recipes with us, as well!

And, please share this article with your friends so that they too can benefit from this potent, pain-relieving oil!



Robin and the Zen team.




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Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.

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