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Camphor has a medicinal aroma that is both sharp and penetrating.
Common Name: Camphor, White
Plant Part: Wood
Form: Essential Oil
Synonyms: Camphora camphora (L.) H. Karst, Camphora officinalis Nees, Laurus camphora L., true camphor, hon-sho, ho-sho, Formosan camphor, Japanese camphor, karpura
Origin: Native to Japan, Taiwan and China. Cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Southern Europe and America. Commercial production in Japan and Taiwan.
Botanical Description: A tall, evergreen tree up to 50-meters (155 ft) high, with a massive trunk and spreading crown. The leaves are glossy green with a strong camphor smell. Has small white flowers and red berries. The mature trees produce a white crystalline substance called the crude camphor.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the woody portions. This crude oil contains crude camphor that is removed by filter-pressing. This filtered crude oil is vacuum rectified to yield the three fractions, known as white camphor oil, brown and yellow camphor oil, and the blue camphor oil. The white camphor oil is a colorless mobile liquid.
Aroma Profile: The top note of Camphor is sharp and penetrating, and the middle note is penetrating and cineolic. The dry out note is tenacious and camphoraceous.
Major Constituents: 1,8-cineole, ¨¢-pinene, sabinene, ¦Â-pinene, myrcene
Common Adulterants: Not typically adulterated
Regulatory Status: Food additive. FDA 121.1163. 172.510
Aroma Benefits: energizing, clarifying, purifying
Blends Well With: Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus
Safety Data: Considered a skin irritant, always use heavily diluted.
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: Camphor has a medicinal aroma that is both sharp and penetrating.