Camphor Essential Oil

aka White Camphor Essential Oil, Camphora Wood Oil

Camphor Essential Oil

aka White Camphor Essential Oil, Camphora Wood Oil


Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) is a terpene (organic compound) that’s commonly used in creams, ointments, and lotions. Camphor oil is the oil extracted from the wood of camphor trees and processed by steam distillation. It can be used topically to relieve pain, irritation, and itching. Camphor is also used to relieve chest congestion and inflammatory conditions.

It has a strong odor and taste and is easily absorbed through the skin. Camphor oil is separated into four distinct fractions: white, brown, yellow, and blue camphor.46 White camphor is the form used in aromatherapy and in OTC products (brown and yellow fractions contain the carcinogen safrole, and are not normally available). OTC products vary in form and camphor content; external products contain 10% to 20% in semisolid forms or 1% to 10% in camphor spirits 

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Appearance: Clear, Mobile Liquid

Blends With: Basil, Cajeput, Chamomile, Lavender and Melissa

Color: Pale yellow

Specific gravity (20ºC): 0.910 to 0.9401

Optical rotation (20ºC): +16º to +28º

Refractive index (20ºC): 1.450 to 1.550


Camphor is readily absorbed by the skin. It creates a cool sensation. It is an easily available ingredient that is said to provide many benefits such as reducing itching and irritation, strengthening hair roots, boosting hair growth, reducing muscle pain, treating cold and cough, and improving blood circulation.


Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora

Origin: Ha Giang, Vietnam

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Wood

Expected Output: 20 tons per year

Camphor oil is extracted by steam from the the chipped wood, root stumps and branches and is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed. The brown and yellow camphor oil has a very high safrole content, with yellow having between 10 – 20 % and the brown having 80%. These two oils are considered toxic, as well as carcinogenic.