Camphor Tree

Other Names

Camphor tree, Camphorwood, Camphor laurel, Kampferbaum, Kampferlorbeer, Ка́мфорное де́рево, Ка́мфорный лавр, Кори́чник камфорный, Kafrovník lékařský, Skořicovník kafrovník, Cynamonowiec kamforowy, Drzewo kamforowe, Kamforowiec, Kamforovac

Description

The Camphor tree is an evergreen that grows up to 30 meters tall. The leaves are glossy and have a smell of camphor when crushed. Its flowers are small and white that grows in masses. The fruit resembles black berries that are only one centimetre in diameter. The bark is pale and is rough. It has vertical fissures.

Ingredients

Calledchemotypes, Linalool, Cineole, Safrole, Nerolidol And Borneol

Collection period

December to February

Used Parts

Leaves

Uses

  • Component of incense

  • Culinary spice

  • Flea killing substance

  • Insect repellent

Application

Camphor can be gently rubbed on

the skin or inhaled.

Summary

Camphor is used as a counterirritant and can reduce pain and swelling that is caused by irritation.

Side Effects

Avoid applying on broken skin, high concentrations of camphor could cause poisoning. The seed is poisonous if ingested. Handling the plant may cause allergic reactions and irritation.

References

  • Xi-wen Li, Jie Li & Henk van der Werff. “Cinnamomum camphora”. Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 27 March 2013.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 12 April 2010.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamomum_camphora

  • Dave’s Garden http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54395/#b

  • Web MD http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-709-CAMPHOR.aspx?activeIngredientId=709&activeIngredientName=CAMPHOR

Camphor Tree

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