Uses for Camphor
Camphor oil has been used for centuries to treat a plethora of ailments. It can act as an antiseptic, pain reliever, antidepressant and even a stimulant. Camphor oil has been used as an ingredient in smelling salts for years, as well. Its most common use is for the relief of arthritic and rheumatic aches and pains, skin ailments, colds and back pain. Camphor absorbs easily into the skin and produces a cooling, soothing effect.
Aches and Pains
Those suffering from arthritis have been using camphor oil for years to help relieve the pain. Sufferers of back pain have also used it for relief. Camphor oil is a main ingredient in many pain relief creams and ointments. Camphor oil creams can be rubbed into the affected area of the body and can be used for general aches and pains, as well. Camphor oil can benefit stiff muscles.
Colds and Congestion
When this type of cream is used on the skin, the heat of one’s body will release the camphor vapors, which can help loosen up mucus and congestion in the throat and chest. Many people rub this lotion on their backs, chest and throats to get the most relief. Another use of camphor oil is to put it in a steam vaporizer and breathe in the vapors to get the same effect for a bad cold or congestion. Camphor oil can also be used to soothe a cough in the same manner.
Camphor oil can also be used to treat a bad cold sore on the lip. Many chap sticks and lip creams include camphor oil to help with this very issue. Camphor oil has been used to ease itching due to an insect bite or even a minor skin wound or burn. Camphor oil helps the nerve endings by reducing the messages of pain that the brain receives when applied to the skin. Camphor oil also can treat bruises.
Camphor oil has been used in many other items–such as insect repellents, fireworks, embalming fluids and as a flavoring for sweets in the country of Asia. Occupants of China use it to treat diarrhea.