Camphor Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Camphor Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Agothosma betulina

Oil Overview

Camphor oil is produced in 3 varieties known as white, yellow and brown camphor. Only the white camphor oil is used, it has a clear and fresh smell. The brown and yellow camphor is toxic and therefore not used in aromatherapy.

Oil Sources

Camphor originated in Formosa (Taiwan), China and Japan. Camphor oil is extracted by steam distillation from the the chipped wood, root stumps and branches of the camphor plant. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Cineol, Camphor, Borneol, Camphene, Menthol, Borneol, Pinene, and Dipentene.



Therapeutic Properties:

Anti inflammatory, Antiseptic, Cardiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Insecticide, Laxative, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Acne, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Colds and Flu, Coughs, Depression, Fever, Infectious Diseases, Muscular Aches and Pains, Rheumatism


May Overstimulate Nervous System, Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Irritant to Mucus Membranes, pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Since this oil can be highly toxic, it should never be used in aromatherapy massage, but can be used in vapour therapy to decrease respiratory problems.
Camphor oil is a powerful oil and should be used with care.
Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting.
Pregnant women or persons suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.

Compatible Combination Oils

Basil, Cajuput, Chamomile, Lavender, Melissa


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