Usages Of Camphor Oil

Camphor oil is used to be used as a medicine for the treatment of some minor illnesses and disorders. This is because that it can be easily absorbed by the skin and its ability to relieve itching and discomfort quickly. The active ingredients in camphor oil is considered to have the ability to sooth skin and provide some cooling effects. Nowadays, all camphor products for external use can only be produced in powder and ointment styles in the United States. However, different restrictions may be applied in other countries as well.

In addition to the forms of powder and ointment, it can also be found as the ingredients in some medicine for treatment of coughing. It is also usually added in the water vapor from the indoor evaporator to take advantage of its decongestant effect. Camphor ointment is usually applied to the patient’s skin to alleviate the symptoms of some minor heart problems and occasional fatigue.

The main source of this oil is from the extraction of camphor tree. You can also use turpentine oil to produce some amount of camphor as well. In addition to the medicinal properties, camphor can also be used as a spice in cooking and a type of insect repellent. It can repel a variety of insects and animals including moths, snakes and reptiles. The crystal forms of camphor in boxes and books can also be used to repel pests.

In traditional India religious rituals, people usually during burn some camphor substances in the ceremony as a symbol of leaving no residues regarding the religious consciousness. Although most India religious parties no longer burn camphor today, there are still some of them will do this during some outdoor religious ceremonies.

Camphor was widely used as a spice for cooking in many countries. However, you should carefully follow the instructions for safety concerns. Over amount of usage may cause neuromuscular hyperactivity, irritability, convulsions and other abnormal reactions. Of course, sometimes they are typical side effects of applying camphor oil for skin.

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