Camphor: Uses, Benefits, Precautions, Side Effects & More


Camphor commonly known as Kapur, scientifically known as Cinnamomum Camphor is a white, crystalline or oil like substance with a strong odor and pungent taste. Camphor oil is extracted from the leaves of camphor and is processed by many techniques but steam distillation is the best & clean technique known so far. Camphor benefits it contains antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and anti-anxiety properties that can help to improve respiratory function, treat skin issues and relieve pain. 

Camphor is extensively used in the skin care and pharma industry. It is popularly found in skin care products, pain relieving products, cold & cough relieving medicines etc. Camphor is a known fumigation agent as it was used during the outbreak of smallpox and black death where it was poured over the bodies before burying it.  

What is the difference between natural camphor and synthetic camphor?

Camphor that is usually found in the market in the form of varied size tablets is prepared synthetically using turpentine oil. While natural camphor is produced from the leaves and stem of camphor tree. 


Here are some health, Skin, and hair benefits of using camphor.

  • The antibacterial & antifungal properties in Camphor can help in lessening skin-related issues like itching and irritation. 
  • It also helps for calming and controlling skin rashes, acne, and outbreaks.
  • Rubbing a camphor oil on the throat and chest may help relieve night cough and congestion. It also has antitussive properties that can help ease cough and cold.
  • Camphor is also used to relieve fungal and bacterial infections like eczema and control itching in kids and adults. This is because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Camphor has a strong fragrance that helps in killing lice and acts as a scalp detoxifier.
  • Applying camphor oil on the scalp to make it soft and boost hair growth. It also promotes blood flow to your scalp and acts as a counterirritant.
  • Camphor can help heal burn wounds and calm burn-caused symptoms like itchiness, inflammation, and redness.

What is the therapeutic use of camphor?

Camphor oil is commonly used for aromatherapy. Camphor has a calming and refreshing odor that is often used to treat depression and reduce stress. 

As per Vastu camphor removes negative energy from our surroundings.  The aroma of the burning camphor helps in killing viruses and bacteria which in turn purifies the air/environment around us.


With convenience-driven, easy-to-use electric diffusers, camphor hydrosol can be used to purify the air instead of burning the camphor. The volatile compounds in the camphor hydrosol purify and deodorize the air. 

Camphor hydrosol is a healthy product that can be used as a skin toner and diffuser water. In India, SNAANA is the only skincare, health, and wellness brand that makes camphor water through the traditional technique of steam distillation. 

What are the benefits of drinking camphor water?

Drinking camphor herb water may cause toxicity. Though it is used in some oral ayurvedic medication but It should only be consumed under the guidance of an ayurvedic health practitioner.  The best way to use camphor is topically, it has antibacterial properties that may help alleviate cough, cold, rashes, and itching.

How To Use Camphor

Camphor can be used in different forms like 

  • Camphor hydrosol/Herb water 
  • Camphor Essential oil 

Camphor essential oil 

Camphor essential oil is a powerful oil hence should be used in 1-2 drops at a time. You can use the oil in your hair care products, skin care products, aroma diffuser etc.  

Making of camphor herb water & essential oil at SNAANA 

SNAANA makes camphor hydrosol and camphor oil using traditional technique and so far the best known clean & sustainable method. 

Side Effects of Camphor 

Camphor is generally safe for adults when it is used in the recommended amount. It has the potential to have negative side effects, particularly if you use it frequently. Always do a skin patch test before using camphor on your skin. 

  • It can also cause eye and skin irritation on contact.
  • Camphor should not be used on injured skin as it can be toxic. 
  • Intake of camphor without a guide can have a drug-like effect.
  • Camphor found in brown and yellow or blue color should not be used.

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