Do you want to have beautiful skin and gorgeous hair? Do you want to be the star attraction amongst your peers without donning expensive makeup? Beauty is something we all fall for, and beautiful is how every woman wants to look!
What if there is a simple ingredient at your home which can give you great looks and is as effective as all those expensive cosmetics? Well, we are talking about camphor here, which is the one you should be using if you want to become a head-turner! And what more, camphor can do good to your health as well!
Camphor is also referred as ‘Karpur’ in Hindi/Marathi/Bengali/Gujarati, ‘Karpooram’ in Telugu, ‘Pachai Karpooram’ in Tamil, ‘Kalpooram’ in Malayalam, and ‘Kappur’ in Punjabi. Want to know more about camphor and its many benefits? Continue reading!
Camphor is derived from the cinnamomum camphora tree, which is widespread in Japan, Vietnam, and China. The camphor tree can reach a height of 100ft. Only 50-year-old trees can produce oil from the active component, which can be found in each and every part of the tree. And steam is used to extract camphor oil from the tree.
Chemical make-up of camphor is a combination of the following:
- Bornyl acetate
- Methyl cinnamate
Read on to discover the reasons why camphor finds a place in skin treatments, hair problems and as a relief from many health issues.
Camphor For Skin Care
Camphor has received the nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for skin care use, only if the concentration of camphor in the product is between 3 percent and 11 percent.
Ayurveda relies on the use of camphor for many of its treatments.
Camphor is undoubtedly one of the best treatments for pimples and acne. Its wonderful healing properties can remove scars caused by acne and pimples. Camphor is endowed with anti-inflammatory properties; it reduces the tendency of the skin to break into pimples and acne. Camphor oil can be a panacea for skin related issues. Therefore, many skin lotions and ointments use camphor as one of the ingredients.
[ Read: Camphor Oil For Treating Acne ]
1. Skin Itching And Irritation
Camphor can be used to alleviate skin itching and irritation. By applying camphor on the affected areas, the compound in camphor activates the nerve endings, and this produces a soothing sensation. It brings relief not only from itching and irritation, but reduces incidences of redness on the skin.
Camphor can be used to relieve pain caused by sores on the skin and insect bites. It can be used as a rub and applied directly on to the skin.
Camphor can be used as a treatment for minor burns. Camphor can be employed to remove the burn scars as well. To do so, you need to dissolve a small quantity of camphor in water and apply on that particular place of burn or cut. This needs to be done on a daily basis till the scars disappear.
Camphor is known to be a good remedy for acne. It reduces redness and irritation. Camphor can help remove those ugly scars caused by acne. With the help of camphor, you can regain your flawless and blemish-free skin.
Camphor is used to relieve eczema and control itching. It is a wonderful treatment when your eczema flares up, and you are looking to control the inflammation and itching.
6. Nail Fungus
Camphor has been found to be effective in treating nail fungus. Nail fungus can be stubborn and has a tendency of recurring. If you keep treating your nails with camphor, it minimizes the chances of the fungus returning.
7. Cracked Heels
Camphor benefits cracked and uneven heels by softening them. For relief from cracked heels, you need to soak your feet in a solution of camphor and water and then scrub the feet. Following this, you may apply cream, moisturiser or petroleum jelly on them. This will keep your skin moist and prevent cracks from occurring.
8. Skin Rashes
Camphor dissolved in water and applied on skin rashes can actually make them vanish after a couple of days of repeated use. Camphor particularly is good for skin rashes that occur due to excessive heat and perspiration.
9. Fungal And Bacterial Infections
Camphor is used in many skin ointments that are used to treat a whole range of fungal and bacterial infections.
Note: It is important to ascertain whether you are allergic to this chemical compound before using it to treat skin problems. If it does not suit you, it may aggravate the skin condition. Further, it should not be applied on broken skin. It can enter the body through the broken skin and cause poisoning, especially if the concentration of camphor in the body goes up.
Camphor For Hair Care
Hair fall is a common problem for many of us. Use of camphor oil can alleviate this problem without resorting to any chemical-laden treatment. Not only does camphor oil promote hair growth, but it can also fight hair-loss. Massaging the scalp and hair with camphor oil on a regular basis can boost hair growth and fight hair fall.
10. Strengthens Hair Roots
Camphor oil can reinvigorate the hair roots. Egg or yogurt combined with camphor oil can lend added nutrition for your hair.
11. Boosts Hair Growth
When camphor oil is combined with essential oils, it can boost hair growth. You can use any essential oil. Lavender and chamomile essential oils can leave your hair smelling fresh and fragrant.
12. Improves Hair Texture
Periodic use of camphor oil can improve the texture of the hair and make it soft.
13. Fights Hair Loss
Use of camphor oil can reduce hair loss and boost hair growth.
14. Kills Lice And Bugs
Camphor oil mixed in water can be used for bathing. It acts as a good cleaning and disinfecting agent. It can also kill lice and prevent them from turning into an infestation.
Health Benefits Of Camphor
Aromatic camphor oil vapors are thought to promote a sense of calm by reducing stress. Camphor can also be inhaled by adding camphor to a vaporizer and inhaling the steam.
Camphor oil has many health benefits. It can alleviate a range of health issues. Its lingering aroma is a storehouse of many cures. It is well-known for its medicinal properties. In a nutshell, camphor acts as a decongestant, antiseptic stimulant, anesthetic, anti-neuralgic, sedative, and as a nervous pacifier.
Camphor oil can aid the activity of the circulatory system. It can act as an impetus to metabolism and improve digestion. The functioning of the excretory system gets a boost with camphor oil. Thus, it can be used in the treatment of ailments related to metabolism, circulation, and digestion.
Camphor seeds can make for a good antiseptic. You can apply a paste of the seeds to minor cuts and scrapes to ward off infection.
17. Relief From Gastric Trouble
Those with gastric problems find relief with camphor. It helps in reducing the formation of gas.
18. Pain Relief
Camphor oil can be used for pain relief, especially for back pain. The oil also eases muscle tension.
Camphor oil can numb the sensory nerves in the area where it is applied, and therefore, it can be used as a local anesthetic. It can lower the intensity of nervous disorders and help bring some calm to victims of chronic anxiety.
Camphor oil is an effective treatment for those suffering from cramps and spasms. It is indeed a very efficient antispasmodic.
Camphor oil is also used to improve the libido for those with a low sex drive. Remedies that include camphor in permitted concentration help activate those regions in the brain in charge of desires and sexual urges. It is a strong stimulant, so external application of camphor oil can treat erectile dysfunction.
Camphor oil is known to treat a very painful condition called Neuralgia. Camphor oil treats this condition by helping the blood vessels contract. It can relieve the pain in the ninth cranial nerve, which is affected by the condition.
The far-reaching effects of camphor oil make it a good anti-inflammatory and can reduce all types of inflammation. Application of camphor oil on the affected area can bring down swelling and reduce pain.
Camphor oil can help relax the body and mind. It provides a rejuvenating effect when mixed with bathing water. During summer, drops of camphor oil in water used for a bath can make you feel cool.
The power and lingering aroma of camphor oil can be a very good decongestant. It can instantly alleviate congestion of the nasal tracts and lungs. No surprise why many of the balms and cold rubs have camphor as one of their ingredients.
If you suffer from acute pain, camphor can be a respite for you. With its calming properties, it helps to heal the pain. But most importantly, it reduces the sensation of pain by relaxing your mind and refreshing your body.
Intake of camphor prevents formation of gas in your body. As such, you get rid of gas related ailments that subsequently lead to severe conditions like gastroenteritis and diarrhea.
Camphor used as an ingredient in creams can treat stiff joints. Along with other compounds, it relieves osteoarthritis faster. So it is an effective remedy for joint pain.
The odor of white camphor has been proven to relieve asthma. Its regular inhalation can largely mitigate such respiratory problems.
30. Spasmodic Problems
The antispasmodic properties of this medicinal substance help to calm the nerves. It reduces pain caused by cramps or spasms in the body. In some cases, it can help cure severe diseases like spasmodic cholera as well.
Added Health Benefits
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, there are some other ways camphor can be beneficial.
- Camphor, when combined with other medicines, has been known to treat cardiac failure. It is also useful in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Food poisoning
- Camphor stimulates the circulatory system. When blood circulation improves, it can alleviate rheumatic diseases, gout, and arthritis. Camphor also helps reduce the swelling of body parts.
- Camphor does have narcotic effects. It can provide relaxation and momentarily desensitizes the nerves. If consumed in excess, it can cause a person to lose control. The smell of camphor oil can be addictive. Many are known to get addicted to its smell or even to ingest it.
- Camphor seeds double up as a good germicide, insecticide, and disinfectant. Generally, a drop of camphor oil mixed with plenty of food grains gives protection from insects. Burning a cloth soaked in camphor oil is a good way to keep insects and germs at bay.
- Camphor oil is used in aromatherapy and is often mixed with basil, Melissa, and lavender oil.
Use With Caution
While camphor can lend magical properties to the skin, hair and overall health, the key to realize its benefits rests in using it in moderation. Even a slight overdose can manifest severely in the body causing poisoning, vomiting, and drop in body temperature.
Remember to store camphor products away from children. Overdose of camphor can result in seizures in children. Usually, symptoms of overdose and poisoning show up soon within minutes. Overdose can result in irritation of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. This can lead to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, fainting and even convulsions.
So make use of camphor to get the health and beauty benefits you had always wanted, but also use it with caution! Do you know of any other benefits or uses of camphor? Share with us in the comments section!
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