Camphor essential oil is derived from the camphor tree, which is native to Taiwan, China and Japan and often grows very old. In fact, it must be at least 50 years old to produce the oil. The active camphor component is found in every part of this large tree, which can grow up to 100 feet tall.
Historically, camphor was used in Persia as a well-known remedy against the plague. It was also used by the Chinese to build ships and temples, due to the durable and aromatic properties of the wood.
After many years of use, camphor oil proved to be a very beneficial oil, most commonly in pain relief.
Camphor has cooling, stimulating, and penetrating properties. Giving this diverse oil anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antispasmodic, and antiphlogistic effects.
Camphor’s stimulant action excites blood circulation, which has been shown to reduce swelling in the body, & give relief to rheumatic ailments such as, arthritis.
Studies have shown camphor’s local anesthetic, and antispasmodic effects (which cause numbness of the sensory nerves at the area of application.) to be extremely beneficial in relieving pain from spasms & muscle cramps, as well as reduction in the severity of nervous disorders, and inflammation.