Sunday, November 16, 2014


Camphora Officinarum or Cinnamomum camphora
Family- Lauraceae
Ayurvedic Names: Sanskrit-Kapoor, Ghausar, HimavalkaHindi: Kapoor, Karpura,
International Names: English-Borneo camphor French-Camphre, German-Kampher-Persian- Kafu, Kafur, Kafoor Arabic-Kafoor.
History: India is the biggest user of camphor. It is a part of their Religious activities. In Hindu temples during the worship of god, various rituals has been conducted at the end camphor has been burned and offered to God with Prayers to conclude the worship. It was mainly imported by Indians from China, Japan & Subcortical Countries. It has been used in Ayurveda dating back to 5000 years mainly used as an germ killer. It is internally used for infectious diseases as well as externally on the skin, mixed with other material for infections.
Habitat: (a) Indigenos to Bornio. It is Commercially grown in China, Formosa, Sumatra, Medagaskar, Sri-Lanka, India and other subtropical countries. (b) It is a tree, grows fast in subtropical regions lives for hundreds of years. Camphor has been extracted from those trees which are about 50 or more years old and able to face mutilation.
Part used for oil : Whole tree but mainly chipping of the upper part of the stem has been done so that the tree can exist & produce more.
Source and Methods of getting oil: Chips of the stem of the tree has been mixed with water and left for few days, after that boiled in big tubs. The camphor resin comes out from the wood due to heat and float on the surface of the water it has been collected. It becomes solid when cools down. For getting essential oil camphor resin has been steam distilled again.
Constituents of the oil: Alcohol, Borneol, Pinene Camphene, Dipentene, Ketone, Camphor, Terpenes, Safrole
Action: Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Stimulant, Antispasmodic internally expectorant, sedative, narcotic, Carminative, aphrodisiac
Aroma of the oil: It has a mixed bitter and pungent aroma with a strong penetrating odor. It is extremely volatile and has its own peculiar fragrance indicating camphor.
Uses in Ayurveda:
 Camphor has been burned to purify the atmosphere. It is an excellent Germ Killer. Hindus burn it at the end of their Rituals like fire sacrifice, worship of the God during auspicious ceremonies like marriage, birth of child etc. It is extremely volatile. It burns with much smoke & Bright redish light. Hindus bring Burning lamp of camphor near them and by their both hands push its smoke towards them and smell it. It is also considered as a ghost Buster perfume. It is believed by Hindus that camphor has hotter, pungent and penetrating aroma. It is so strong as well as powerful that it drives away evil forces such as ghosts, daemons, evil spirits and negativity from the atmosphere as well as places where it has been used. Scientifically speaking, drives away flies, mosquitos, and all kind of bugs from the place as well as Kills germs found in the atmosphere. As it produces very thick Dark smoke. Western people may not like it to burn it this way. Which Indians do not care, due to their spiritual belief. Best way to burn in the west is to burn its oil in the perfume lamps in the Room to purify the atmosphere and to drive away evil forces, lives in the Room.
Useful in all kinds of fevers like Measles, Typhoid, whooping cough, spasmodic Asthma, hiccup. In cases of hysteria, hymphomania, epilepsy. Its use has been proven effective. Also useful in dysmenorrhoea, acute rheumatism etc.
In case of toothache, its use has been recommended useful. In diarrhoea collic pain, food poisoning and several digestive system infections. Useful in eczema of the genitals. It is a powerful stimulant for digestive, circulatory and nervous systems. Gives stimulation to the heart muscles, helps in mental depressions due to sudden shocks. It should always be taken only in moderation. Excess use may cause nausea, womating convulsions etc.

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