Holy Basil 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
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: Ocsimum Gratissimum
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.