Traditionally, camphor essential oil has been used by Ayurvedic medicine as a germ killer. It has also been used in Persia in the past to remedy plagues. Today, Camphor Oil is used as one of the basic components for Vicks VapoRub. It has a cooling effect similar to that of menthol when rubbed and absorbed by the skin making it the perfect remedy for:
Rheumatic and arthritic pains,
Sprains, muscle pains,
Skin itching and skin irritation.
Its cooling effect is also good for providing respiratory relief, especially for treating bronchitis, coughs and colds. Camphor oil also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Pro tips: Dilute camphor oil with water or liquid lanolin and apply it into the skin as an after-sun tonic.