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Botanical Name: Cinnamomum Camphora
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
0.6 oz - 2.2 oz: Amber Glass Bottle w/ Euro Dropper or Phenolic Cap.
4 oz - 16 oz: Amber Plastic Bottle.
Description: White camphor oil is the first distillation fraction.
Aromatic Scent: Camphor Essential Oil has a strong, penetrating, fragrant odor.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Lavender, Melissa Leaf and Rosemary.
Common Uses: The chemical constituents of Camphor Essential Oil attribute it with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, insecticide, and laxative properties. Camphor oil has been used in the treatment of nervous depression, acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, fever, flu and infectious diseases. It is a well-known repellent of moths and other insects, and is an ingredient in moth balls. Highly recommended in aromatherapy for respiratory congestion. Predictably it blends well with rosemary and eucalyptus.
History: In China and Japan, Cinnamomum camphora must be at least 50 years old to produce oil, and can often grow as old as a thousand years. Among its many uses, it was used as a deodorant and in embalming, and camphor wood was used to build ships and temples because of the woods durable and aromatic properties. Camphor was used medicinally, such as a remedy against the plague in ancient Persia. In the past was a culinary ingredient, and was cited in the Q'ran 76:5 as a flavoring for drinks, though now an amount of 2 grams is considered toxic.
Shelf Life and Storage from the time of distillation:
Approximately 2 – 3 years.
It is impossible to say exactly what an essential oil shelf life will be. The storage conditions will vary and make a significant difference. If the essential oil has been received directly from the distiller shortly after distillation and the glass bottle is kept dark, full, closed, and cool, we can make some generalizations.
Note that if an essential oil begins to appear cloudy, thicker, or if it smells more acidic, it has likely begun to oxidize.
Cautions: Camphor oil is powerful oil and should be used with care. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Pregnant women or persons suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.
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