Sunday, 6 October 2013

Camphor - How to Make and Use Camphor Oil at Home

 

Camphor has been used for treating cramps and pain in the legs for centuries. We make camphor oil at home, to use for pain and cramps. This camphor oil is a very handy remedy for pregnant women who suffer from leg cramps. During the last 3 months of pregnancy, when the baby gets bigger, the pressure on the blood vessels increases. This leads to reduced blood flow in the legs, which result in cramps. When I was pregnant with my son, I had this same problem. But there is a home remedy for this. Home made camphor oil gives good relief from the pain, as massaging with this oil increases circulation in the legs. There are two types of camphor. The natural ones that are derived from a tree called Camphor Laurel, we call it "Pachai karpooram" in Tamil. The synthetic ones are derived from a distillate of turpentine. We call it "Soodam" in Tamil. We use it in Poojas and it is not edible. For this remedy, we need synthetic camphor. Buy the camphor that come in individual packs in big chunks. In Northern India people use mustard oil for this remedy, but here we use coconut oil. You can also substitute sesame oil for this. This oil catches fire very easily, so please do it in medium flame and don't let it reach smoking point. Massaging with this warm oil gives good relief from pain and it also relaxes the body. Please do not use this camphor oil on open wounds, as it might enter the blood stream and cause poisoning.





METHOD:
1. Take camphor. Make sure to buy camphor, that comes in big size.


2. Pound it well, with the cover.


 3. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Don't heat it to smoking point.




4. Once hot, add the powdered camphor.




5. Wait for the camphor to melt completely into the oil. Remove from fire and add the juice of 2 lemons.


 NOTES:
  • This oil catches fire easily, so don't let the temperature of the oil reach smoking point.
  • This oil also can be used as a rub for chest congestion, due to cold. But don't add the lemon juice, if you are using it to treat chest congestion.
  • Massage, when the oil is still warm.
  • Add the lemon juice, after removing the oil from the fire. 
  • One of my aunt uses this oil regularly for her leg pain. She was the one, who taught me to add lemon juice in this oil.

27 comments:

  1. What is the proportion for coconut oil and camphor tablets to be used ...

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    1. It is approximately around a tsp of camphor for a cup of oil....

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  2. Can I use mustard oil instead of coconut oil.thks

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  3. Is this camphor oil is used for treating dandruff and hair growth in bald head?
    kindly reply me
    thanks

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    1. Camphor treats dandruff, but I would suggest mixing camphor essential oil in coconut oil than synthetic camphor. Camphor oil does increase the circulation in the scalp but I doubt whether it will treat baldness....

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    2. ramya which camphor we shud use for hair and how to make camphor oil at home if v cnt buy it..if v need ti buy den whch brand is best

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    3. I would suggest camphor essential oil for hair but definitely not synthetic camphor. We can't make camphor essential oil at home as it is steam distilled, Regarding the brand, we have very few choices here in India. If you don't mind ordering through amazon, I would suggest "now" brand camphor essential oil, it is good...

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  4. Can we make camphor oil this way , mix lemon juice in it and keep it for say a month at room temperature in a close bottle or do we need to keep it in the freezer to prevent it from going bad? Once made, can we apply it cold or do we need to reheat it every time we apply or when we need to apply it , do we need to make it fresh ?

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    1. My aunt mixes it fresh when using lemon as it will turn bad very soon. Instead of storing in the freezer, why not make the camphor oil without the lemon and store and when you want to use it, reheat the required amount and then add the lemon juice?

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  5. Is this oil we use for hair fall and dandruff problems as you quoted in your other posting?

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    1. I prefer to use this camphor oil for chest congestion and leg cramps. For scalp problems I prefer to use camphor essential oil mixed with coconut oil....

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  6. Dear madam
    Regards
    Please let me know how to prepare camphor at home...

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    1. Camphor is either got from camphor tree or made synthetically, it is difficult to make it at home...

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  7. Hi Ramya,

    I am suffering from hair loss specially from the front. I heard from somewhere that camphor helps in such cases. Please suggest. Also, please suggest some good brand of Camphor essential oil which I should buy.

    Rgeards,
    Kratika B

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    1. Hi Kratika, Camphor essential oil when applied on the scalp boosts blood circulation in the scalp and it also helps to treat scalp infections but always mix it with a base oil lie coconut oil and use. Try aroma treasures camphor essential oil, you can easily order it online...

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  8. Is this camphor oil the same as camphor essential oil?

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    1. This is not camphor essential oil, this is just an infusion....

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  9. will this one helps to get rid of lice and nits??

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    1. Camphor helps to get rid of lice but instead of synthetic camphor on the scalp, I would suggest using camphor essential oil mixed with coconut oil...

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  10. Hi Ramya..can we use camphor mixed with mustard oil and sesame oil for massage to cure obesity? I heard from my friend. want to check with you

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    1. Camphor mixed with mustard oil increases blood circulation and can be used for reducing cellulite when massaged into the skin but it will not reduce the overall body fat percentage...

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  11. Hi Ramya,
    Thanks for this informative post..
    Can i use pachai karpooram instead of synthetic karpooram for making this oil?

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    1. Yes, you can use pachai karpooram for making this oil too...

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  12. Hi can ve add karpooram to coconut oil and store it??

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