11 Surprising Benefits of Camphor Essential Oil

The health benefits of camphor essential oil include its properties as a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative, and nervous pacifier. It also acts as an antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, and insecticide.

The essential oil of camphor is obtained during the process of extraction of camphor from two types of camphor trees. The first one is the Common Camphor tree, bearing the scientific name Cinnamomum camphora, from which the common camphor is obtained. The second variety is the Borneo Camphor tree, which is where Borneo Camphor is derived; it is scientifically known as Dryobalanops camphora. The camphor oil obtained from both have similar properties, but they differ slightly in aroma and in the concentration of various compounds found in them.

The various components of camphor essential oil are alcohol, borneol, pinene, camphene, camphor, terpene, and safrol.

Health Benefits of Camphor Essential Oil

Camphor essential oil, apart from having a cool, penetrating and lasting aroma, has many medicinal properties as well, which is explained in greater detail below.

Improves Circulation

Camphor essential oil is an effective stimulant, which boosts the activity of the circulatory system, metabolism, digestion, secretion, and excretion. This property helps in treating problems and ailments associated with improper circulation, digestion, sluggish or overactive metabolic rates, obstructed secretions, and a wide variety of uncommon conditions.

Prevents Skin Infections

Camphor oil is an excellent disinfectant, insecticide, and germicide. It can be added to drinking water to disinfect it, particularly during the summer and in rainy seasons when there is a higher chance of water becoming infected. An open bottle or container of camphor oil, or burning a piece of cloth soaked in camphor oil, drives away insects and kills germs. A drop or two of camphor oil mixed with plenty of food grains helps in keeping them safe from insects. Camphor is also used in many medical preparations such as ointments and lotion to cure skin diseases, as well as bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. When mixed with bathing water, camphor oil disinfects the whole body externally, and also kills lice.

CamphorseedsEliminates Gas

It is very helpful in giving relief for gas trouble. Primarily, it does not let gas form and secondarily, it effectively removes the gases and expels them in a healthy way.

Reduces Nervous Disorders

It acts as a good anesthetic and is very effective for local anesthesia. It causes numbness of the sensory nerves in the area of application. It also reduces the severity of nervous disorders and convulsions, epileptic attacks, nervousness, and chronic anxiety.

Relieves Spasms

It is a very efficient antispasmodic and gives immediate relief from spasms and cramps. It is also effective in curing extreme spasmodic cholera.

Boosts the Libido

Camphor oil, when consumed or eaten, boosts the libido by stimulating those portions of the brain which are responsible for sexual desires. When externally applied, it helps to cure erectile problems by increasing blood circulation in the affected parts, since it is a powerful stimulant.

Relieves Neuralgia

Neuralgia, a severely painful situation is caused when the ninth cranial nerve is impacted due to swelling of the surrounding blood vessels, can be treated using camphor oil. This oil can make the blood vessels contract and thereby reduce pressure on the ninth cranial nerve. This is yet another application of the sedative and soothing properties of this versatile oil.

Reduces Inflammation

The cooling and penetrating effects of camphor oil make it an anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. It is very helpful in curing nearly all types of inflammation, both internal and external. It also relaxes the body and mind while giving a feeling of peace and freshness. It proves to be very cooling and refreshing, particularly in the summer. Camphor oil can also be mixed with bathing water to have that extra sensation of coolness in the summer heat.

Reduces Arthritis Pain

A detoxifier and a stimulant for the circulatory system, camphor oil excites blood circulation and gives relief to rheumatic diseases, arthritis, and gout. It is also considered an antiphlogistic, that is, it reduces the swelling of body parts. This is yet another beneficial effect of proper blood circulation.

Relaxes Nerves & Brain

It does have some narcotic effects since it temporarily desensitizes the nerves and relaxes the brain. It can also make a person lose control over their limbs if taken in excess since it impacts brain function. The smell of camphor oil is somewhat addictive. People have been seen to develop strong addictions to smelling camphor oil or consuming it, so be careful.

Relieves Congestion

The strong, penetrating aroma of camphor oil is a powerful decongestant. It immediately relieves congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts, and lungs. It is, therefore, used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs.

Other Benefits

It is sometimes used in cases of cardiac failure, in combination with other medicines. It is also beneficial in the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria, viral diseases like cough, measles, flu, food poisoning, infections in the reproductive organs, and insect bites.


Word of Caution: Camphor oil is toxic and can be fatally poisonous if ingested in excess. Even 2 grams can be lethal. Ingestion of a slight overdose can still manifest symptoms of poisoning, including extreme thirst, vomiting, and a drop in body temperature. It’s always important to remember that a substance which is toxic to insects can be toxic to human beings as well.

Blending: Camphor oil blends particularly well with basil, cajuput, chamomile, Melissa, and lavender oil, for uses in aromatherapy.

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I have used white camphor liquid full-strength and experienced no aderse side-effects even in the 72nd hour of applucation. It worked very well and expediently. I like the article because it helped to exoand my current knowledge about camphor. Awesome-thanx!

Dear Kim,

Thank you and enjoy reading our other articles too.

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Why would my skin turn red, large blisters, or small bumps (essentially different looking rashes) when I apply this to my skin? (Some of my skin stays fine after applying the balm (using Tiger Balm).) It lasts a few days to a few weeks. A biopsy said that is wasn't psoriasis or fungal. The doctors have diagnosed everything from a strep rash, to shingles, to just a skin irritation. If I repeat the same spot, it does nothing or is lighter.

Allergy, parasites throwing a tantrum or it was just too strong a concentration. Best to find an alternative oil and there are lots of them that will work just as good as this one.

I just got a blend and put it in my diffuser this morning and my nose is running like crazy....started googling the different oils in it and see here that Camphor is a "powerful decongestant". No joke there! Crazy! My sinuses are clearer right now than they've been pretty much ever.

I want to use it in massage oil. How much should go into say an 8 oz. bottle of massage oil?

Is camphor oil good for weak arms and legs? How do I know which camphor oil is best?

can camphor relieve skin itch? I have a rash like problem over the upper part of my body I cannot find anything that will stop the itching. Please advise.

Yes it is great for itching. Blue magic takes a while to work but i found a bottle of camphoPhenique for under$5. It works fast due to a higher percent of camphor, 10.8%. I have a breakout of ringworms and the itching was so bad i couldnt sleep but his nipped it in the bud.

So it can help me with seizures, but it is toxic in even very small doses? Not sure how to work that out.

I know I grew up with my Grandmother throwing Camphor on all kinds of things. Mostly bug bites.

What is side effect on human brain of kamphor if take it more quantity by nose...

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Excess use of Camphor may cause allergy so use in small quantities.

didn't mentioned how to use it

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Abubakar,

This oil can be used in aromatherapy and in diffuser but do not use excess amounts of oil and in case you are allergic then consult your health specialist before use.

Since a child my grandmother will use it for ear aches.

Shankar Banjara

very excellent article detailing the characteristics of camphor

Shankar Banjara

very excellent article detailing the characteristics of camphor

I LuV camPhor oIl 🙂

For you maggi X.

No mention of how great it is for cold sores....it's awesome!

Informative article

Wayne Mumford

very excellent article detailing the characteristics of camphor oil thanks.

no formulas

Tona Cristina Gumban- Mercado

camphor is prohibited to people with G6pd deficiency?

ive read that camphor is dangerous to people with G6pd. How can it affect the patient? Thanks

According to the latest research findings, natural camphor will not trigger breakdown of red blood cells in people with G6PD Deficiency. However the purity of camphor containing products in the market varies. Therefore it is better not to use them.

what is the reference for this statement? Can you please share? Thank you!

nice one there!