Camphor is a waxy transparent or white solid with a strong aroma that is derived from the camphor laurel (an Asian tree). Camphor is definitely one of the best natural remedies that exist. It can treat a variety of problem ranging from itchy skin to stuffy nose, so its long history of use in folk medicine is not surprising. Camphor can also relieve muscle and joint pain, and accelerate the healing of minor cuts and wounds.
The ancient Chinese and Native Americans used camphor for religious purposes and as a natural remedy as well. The ingredient has incredible powers and was considered a powerful remedy for the body and mind in the ancient Ayurveda practice.
Here are 8 incredible uses and benefits of camphor:
1. Treats itchy skin
If your skin is itchy and nothing you do stops it, you can use camphor oil for some much-needed relief. Camphor is easily absorbed by the skin pores and will cool down your skin and relieve the itch. Mix a teaspoon of camphor oil with a cup of coconut oil, then rub the mixture on the affected area once or twice a day. The camphor will soothe the pain, while the coconut oil keeps it hydrated.
2. Eliminates acne
Acne can be stubborn to relieve, but luckily, camphor oil can help. Mix a bit of it with tea tree oil and apply the mixture on the affected area with a cotton pad to deep clean your pores and eliminate acne.
3. Treats burns and wounds
Camphor oil is ideal for treating minor wounds and burns. Add 2 camphor cubes to a cup of coconut oil, then rub the mixture on the affected area until you see positive results.
4. Hair care
Camphor oil has been used against hair loss, dandruff and other hair problems for a long time.
5. Eliminates joint pain
If you want to get rid of your joint and muscle pain, all you need to do is rub a bit of camphor oil on the affected area. We suggest mixing it with sesame oil first and using the mixture twice a day for best results.
6. Treats coughs and colds
If you’re suffering from a nasty cough or cold in the winter, camphor oil is your best friend. It can clear up the congestion in your respiratory tract and help you breathe normally again.
7. Eliminates toe fungus
Camphor oil is an ancient remedy against toenail fungus. Just rub a bit of Vicks VapoRub (which contains camphor oil) on the affected area, and you will defeat the infection easily.
If you’re bothered by mosquitoes (and who isn’t) or other insects, camphor oil is the best repellent money can buy. Open up a bottle of VapoRub in your home and the insects will stay away from it.