Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora
Consistency: Thin liquid
Perfumery note: Base
Related Planets/Deities: Moon/Diana/Thoth
Aroma: Sharp, airy, minty
Energetic Properties: Invigorating, clearing, opening
Aromatherapy Properties: Stimulant, anti-spasmodic, anti-septic, decongestant, anesthetic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, insecticide.
Warnings: Camphor must not be used by individuals suffering from epilepsy.
Practical Uses: Camphor is used primarily for muscle cramps and muscle stiffness, and is often an addition to massage oils. Add a couple of drops to a skin cream as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory.
Camphor's disenfectant properties are wonderful for clearing bad smells and bacteria from the air. Simply put a few drops in a pot of boiling water on the stove or in an oil burner. The vapor can also be inhaled to clear the lungs and sinuses.
Spiritual Uses: Camphor is related to the moon, and therefore assist in moon-related workings such as divination, astral travel, and dreaming. When camphor is difussed in to the air, it will clear negative or distracting energies from a space. Inhaling the scent will also clear the mind, allowing one to focus and relax in to meditative workings.
Blends well with: This oil blends quite well with basil for an engaging, stimulating scent, and with Chamomileand Lavender to aid in centering and relaxation.
History: The word “camphor” can be traced back to the Sanskrit “karpuura,” and was used for many purposes, from deodorant to non-edible preservative. It is mentioned in the Koran as a flavoring for drinks. Camphor is also widely used in Hindu religious ceremonies. Hindus worship a holy flame by burning camphor, which forms an important part of many religious ceremonies. Camphor is used in the Mahashivratri celebrations of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and (re)creation. As a natural pitch substance, it burns cool without leaving an ash residue, which symbolizes consciousness.
Perfect for use with our Ceramic Oil Burners.