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Camphor General Information
Camphor is a transparent white, waxy crystalline solid with a penetrating odor, found in the wood of the Camphor laurel, a large evergreen tree. It has red leaves that turn green when they mature, small aromatic yellow flowers and oval red berries. The quick way to identify Camphor trees is to crush some leaves in order to smell the pungent camphor odor. In Morocco, Camphor extract was used as an antiseptic to combat skin disease. Camphor has long traveled in sailorís chests because it could resist the ravages of salt air; repel moths and most other insects. In the 13th century, Marco Polo noted that Camphor Oil was highly valued by the Chinese.

Land managers have found that the Camphor Tree, outside China and Japan grows like a weed. It is infesting forests and displacing native trees. This is because the Camphor Trees are prolific seed producers that do not have serious predators or diseases outside their native range. Camphor Trees are also taking over forests in Australia where they were introduced in the early 1800s.

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Magical Uses
Use it to cleanse ritual tools by either burning Camphor on incense or rubbing them with its oil. Camphor also has divinatory properties when burned upon charcoal with oneís meditations in a quest for prophetic dreams. Camphor may be added to water used for scrying. Camphor is an herb of consecration and purification. It is also a funeral herb and a visionary herb. Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora) is used in burial rituals and embalming in East Asia. Its wood is used for masks for ritual theater preformed in Buddhist temples. La Luna, The Moon, rules camphor. Camphor is known for its cleansing properties against dark, unwanted energies. For hundreds of years, Zulu African tribes have used Camphor bark in love charms.

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Camphor Uses & Scientific Evidence For
In the past It was once a common remedy to wear a little bag of camphor crystals around the neck to cure a cold or related illness. The oil was used to ease the pain of bruises, sprains, inflammations, gout and rheumatic joints, but was also used to treat hysteria, epilepsy, and heart problems. The fumes were inhaled for to help aid breathing during bouts of asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other respiratory conditions. This plant is a counter-irritant, analgesic, and repellent. As topical Camphor is an irritant and numbs the peripheral sensory nerves. The subcutaneous tissue (under the skin) easily absorbs it. Externally it is used for rheumatism, sprains, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. Camphor can be used internally to calm hysteria, nervousness and neuralgia, but can also be used to treat serious diarrhea. Camphor is also effective in treating colds, chills, and many other inflammatory complaints. Camphor is used in many non-medicinal products such as deodorants, disinfectants, explosives, insecticides, paint solvents, perfumes, and soaps.

In 1990 The German Commission E has approved Camphor internally for muscular rheumatism, catarrhal diseases of the respiratory tract and for cardiac symptoms. Internally it has been approved for hypotonic circulatory regulation disorders and catarrhal diseases of the respiratory tract.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Camphor is reported to combat respiratory complaints, sinusitis, eye complaints, epilepsy, gout, pain experienced during menstruation, insomnia, flatulence and rheumatism. The Chinese use Camphor (Zhang nao) as an inhalant to revive people from faints and other unconscious states, for various skin diseases and to treat wounds. They also used the leaves to fight fever and malaria.

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Camphor Dosage Information
Camphor can come in various forms, but usually found in oil or ointment form. If wanting to use internally, it is best to consult with your physician for the recommended dosage for treating your condition. For external use, read and follow product label directions. For external use, concentrations of Camphor in salves should not exceed 25% for adults and 5% for children. When taken internally, the usual daily dosage is 30 to 300 milligrams. White Camphor oil, from which the poisonous substance has been removed, goes into some cough drops, candies, and soft drinks.

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Camphor Safety & Interaction Information
Camphor is not recommended for children under two years of age. Research has found that prolonged exposure to the fumes or ingestion of the Camphor itself, in its pure form is very poisonous. It has also been found that Camphor does not do well with injured skin, like burns and open wounds. Camphor preparations should not be used in the facial regions of infants and small children, especially in the nasal area.



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