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10 Sur­pris­ing Ben­e­fits of Cam­phor You Prob­a­bly Did­n’t Know

You prob­a­bly know what cam­phor smells like, even if you don’t know its name. Cam­phor is one of the key ingre­di­ents that gives Vicks VapoRub its strong smell, as well as its med­i­c­i­nal ben­e­fits.

Cam­phor is a waxy, flam­ma­ble, white or trans­par­ent sol­id sub­stance found in the wood of the cam­phor lau­rel, a tree native to Asia. It has been used in tra­di­tion­al med­i­cine for ages in Asian coun­tries.
It is avail­able in the form of small cubes and an essen­tial oil that is extract­ed from the cam­phor tree.
It has anti­sep­tic, anes­thet­ic, anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, stim­u­lant, antirheumat­ic, anti­neu­ral­gic, anti­spas­mod­ic and seda­tive prop­er­ties. It also works as a nat­ur­al decon­ges­tant, which main­ly led to its use in med­i­cine.
Due to its med­i­c­i­nal prop­er­ties, cam­phor is used as one of the main ingre­di­ents in many health care prod­ucts.

Here are 10 sur­pris­ing ben­e­fits of cam­phor.

1. Cures a Cough
Cam­phor is a good rem­e­dy for a cough.
Its strong smell has the pow­er to clear a con­gest­ed chest and get rid of a stuffy nose. In fact, sev­er­al med­icat­ed chest and throat rubs for coughs and colds con­tain cam­phor as one of the main ingre­di­ents.
Mix 4 or 5 drops of cam­phor essen­tial oil with 1 table­spoon of almond oil. Gen­tly rub this oil blend on your chest for a few min­utes. Use it as needed.To treat a chron­ic cough, steam inhala­tion is very effec­tive. Put a few drops of cam­phor essen­tial oil in a bowl of hot water. Inhale the vapor to get relief from chest pain and cough­ing.
2. Clears Acne
Cam­phor is ben­e­fi­cial in treat­ing acne. It helps clear up break­outs and pre­vent future flare-ups.
Its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry nature helps reduce inflam­ma­tion, swelling and red­ness in your skin.
Put 1 cup of extra-vir­gin coconut oil in an air­tight jar.Add 1 tea­spoon of cam­phor oil and mix it in thoroughly.After wash­ing your face with a cleanser, pat it dry and put some of the oil blend on the acne.Massage it into the skin for 5 minutes.Leave it on overnight.The next morn­ing, wash off the oil with luke­warm water and a cleanser.Do it once dai­ly.
3. Clears Nasal Con­ges­tion
Cam­phor works as a nat­ur­al decon­ges­tant that pro­vides quick relief from a blocked nose and makes breath­ing easy and com­fort­able again.
Mix a lit­tle cam­phor oil into 1 table­spoon of warm mus­tard oil. Rub this gen­tly on your chest, back and throat before going to bed to make breath­ing eas­i­er and sleep better.You can also apply an over-the-counter, cam­phor-based cream on your chest a few times a day to fight nasal con­ges­tion.
4. Cures Cold Sores
Cold sores or fever blis­ters are quite com­mon, high­ly con­ta­gious, and cause a lot of pain and irri­ta­tion. To treat cold sores, try cam­phor. It is con­sid­ered to be safe and effec­tive in tem­porar­i­ly reliev­ing pain and itch­ing caused by the lesions, due to its anal­gesic and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties.
Cam­phor essen­tial oil also has a cool­ing sen­sa­tion that helps to treat and cure cold sores.
Mix 2 or 3 drops of cam­phor essen­tial oil with 1 table­spoon of melt­ed extra-vir­gin coconut oil.Use a cot­ton pad to apply it on the sores.Repeat 3 or 4 times a day.
5. Kills Head Lice
Cam­phor, when used along with coconut oil, makes a great rem­e­dy to get rid of head lice.
While coconut oil will suf­fo­cate the lice, cam­phor helps to kill the lice due to its antipar­a­sitic prop­er­ty.
Mix 1 table­spoon of crushed cam­phor and 2 table­spoons of coconut oil.Apply it on your hair, con­cen­trat­ing main­ly on the scalp and roots of your hair.Put on a show­er cap and leave it on overnight.Wash it out the next day with shampoo.Use this rem­e­dy 2 or 3 times a week for a month to get rid of head lice.
6. Heals Mus­cle Pain
Be it any kind of mus­cle pain, cam­phor is a very effec­tive treat­ment, due to its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties. Mas­sag­ing the painful area with cam­phor essen­tial oil helps improve blood cir­cu­la­tion and reduces stiff­ness, which in turn pro­motes heal­ing.
Mix 5 or 6 drops of cam­phor oil into 1 to 2 table­spoons of warm olive oil.Use it to mas­sage the affect­ed area once or twice a day.
Cau­tion: If mas­sag­ing makes the pain worse, stop doing it and con­sult your doc­tor.
7. Soothes Cracked Heels
If you are wor­ried about your cracked heels, cam­phor is just the right home rem­e­dy for you.
It will help reduce the pain caused by the cracks and also accel­er­ate the heal­ing process.
Mix a piece of cam­phor into warm water.Soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.Scrub your feet with a pumice stone.Rinse them with clean water and pat them dry.Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub (con­tains cam­phor) on your heels and feet.Put on a pair of socks and wear them overnight.Repeat dai­ly.
8. Treats Corns
A corn on your foot can cause a lot of dis­com­fort while walk­ing or stand­ing. To reduce the dis­com­fort, try cam­phor essen­tial oil.
Being a strong anti­sep­tic, it can help treat corns. The oil pen­e­trates into the skin quick­ly, which ensures faster heal­ing.
Heat ¼ cup of extra-vir­gin coconut oil in the microwave until it melts.Mix in 1 table­spoon of tur­pen­tine oil and 2 table­spoons of cam­phor oil.Stir it well and allow the home­made cream to cool.Next, soak your feet in warm water for 5 min­utes and pat them dry thoroughly.Apply this home­made cream on the corn.Repeat 2 or 3 times dai­ly.
9. Repels and Kills Insects and Mos­qui­toes
Cam­phor essen­tial oil works as a nat­ur­al insec­ti­cide and repel­lent. Due to its strong smell and oth­er prop­er­ties, it can be used to kill or repel mos­qui­toes and oth­er insects.
Pour ½ cup of hot water into a clean spray bot­tle. Add 20 drops of cam­phor essen­tial oil to it. Shake the bot­tle well to mix the ingre­di­ents. Spray this solu­tion around places where you notice insects or mosquitoes.Put a few drops of cam­phor oil in a dif­fuser and place it in a room where mos­qui­toes are present.
10. Treats Rest­less Legs Syn­drome
Those who suf­fer from rest­less legs syn­drome are famil­iar with the unpleas­ant sen­sa­tions like throb­bing, pulling and an uncon­trol­lable urge to move your legs, espe­cial­ly when you’re try­ing to sleep.
To reduce the dis­com­forts and enjoy sound sleep, try cam­phor. Its ther­a­peu­tic and anti­spas­mod­ic prop­er­ties help relieve inflam­ma­tion and reduce rest­less legs symp­toms.
Put a lit­tle cam­phor oil in warm olive oil. Mas­sage it all over your legs for 5 to 10 min­utes. Do this dai­ly before going to bed.You can also use cam­phor cream in the same way.
Impor­tant Points
Always mix cam­phor oil with some car­ri­er oil before apply­ing it on the skin. It is very strong and can cause irri­ta­tion when applied direct­ly on the skin.The ide­al dosage for tak­ing cam­phor oral­ly is between 125 and 375 mg a day. Con­sult your doc­tor for the dosage appro­pri­ate for you.
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