Sunday, 24 August 2014

7 Amazing Benefits & Uses of Camphor | Karpooram for Home, Skin, Hair & Acne

 

 

We get two types of camphor in the market. One is got from a tree called camphor laurel and other is synthetically made. We call the edible camphor got from the tree "Pachai karpooram" in Tamil, and "Kapoor" in Hindi. The synthetically derived camphor is called "Karpooram" in Tamil. We use the synthetically derived camphor for burning during prayers and rituals. We use the edible camphor called pachai karpooram for cooking, to add aroma to certain sweet dishes. Camphor essential oil, extracted from the tree also is widely used to treat a variety of diseases. But make sure to to mix it with base oils and practice caution, when using the essential oil on pregnant women. We get chemically derived camphor in both small pellet form and as a single big chunk. We use the small pellets form for using it for our prayers at home and the big sized camphor is used in temples. Pachai karpooram is sold in air tight sealed plastic covers in India and when using camphor always remember that little goes a long way. Even in dishes, if you add a little bit more of the edible camphor, it will spoil the taste. When storing camphor, make sure to store them in airtight boxes and when using it on fire to make oils, be careful as it is highly flammable. Both types of camphor has amazing uses and benefits for health and is mostly used for external applications. One safety precaution while using camphor oil made from synthetic camphor is to never use it on cuts, burns or any open wounds as it is poisonous when mixed in our blood stream.



 CAMPHOR USES & BENEFITS:

1. Camphor for skin problems: 

                                     If you suffer from itching and rashes, do this simple home remedy. Take a piece of edible camphor and mix it with little amount of water. Wash the effected area with this homemade camphor rinse. You will find the itching gradually reducing. But make sure not to use the camphor on open wounds and cuts.

2. Camphor for Pregnant women: 

                              In India, we make a camphor oil at home to treat pregnancy cramps. Mustard oil or coconut oil is heated with synthetic camphor till it is fully melted. Once it cools down to lukewarm temperature, it is can be massaged on the legs. Even I followed this remedy, when I was pregnant with my son, as I suffered from cramps during the last trimester.

3. Camphor for ants:

                         Next time you have an ant problem in your home, don't use harsh chemicals around your home. Dissolve a little edible camphor in some water and sprinkle over the area and see the ants vanish immediately. This is a very safe way to get rid of ants at home.

4. Camphor for bed bugs:

                      Camphor can be used to to effectively treat bed bugs. If you have bed bugs, wash the sheets and sun dry the mattress. Then take a large chunk of camphor and put it in a muslin bag and keep it between the mattress, this will drive away any left over bed bugs and prevent further attacks too. 

5. Camphor for acne & acne scars:

                       Massaging the skin with few drops of good quality camphor essential oil along with a base oil will treat acne and acne scars very effectively. Never use the camphor essential oil directly on the skin. Some good base oils are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, etc.

6.Camphor for cold in children:

                          This home remedy for treating chest congestion is very popular in India and it is very effective. To make the remedy, take mustard or coconut oil and heat it along with little synthetic camphor. When it is warm, rub it on the child's chest and back to get good relief from chest congestion.

7. Camphor for hair loss & dandruff:

                                Camphor essential oil when added to our regular hair oil stimulates blood flow to the area and promotes hair growth. However use this as a pre shampoo treatment as the smell of camphor will be very strong if used as a leave in massage oil. This treatment also treats dandruff.


119 comments:

  1. Very useful.please do post the amount of pachai kalpooram that can be used in dishes.

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  2. We mainly use pachai karpooram for making sweets and usually a very small pinch is added. Even a tiny bit more will ruin the whole dish, as the smell is very over powering....

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  3. Thank you so much Ramya.I just wanted to know Where one could buy this edible kapoor abroad or in other parts of the East, because it is easily available In the South of India, but I could not get it anywhere else. I really loved the natural remedies.

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  4. Hi,
    I am sorry, I don't know know where you get edible camphor abroad. If you find it difficult to get it abroad, try purchasing it when you visit South India and it lasts a long time, if stored in an airtight box....

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  5. ......Hi Ramya ,......I have come across "camphor-ed oil way back in 1967 when I used to volunteer at a Red Cross clinic in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). I used to assist in dispensing medicines and I remember this oil .It had coconut oil base . I think it was also given to adults for rubbing on the chest for the same purpose as you mentioned ****** ......@ dueepjs , if you can mention the country and town you are in then, somebody reading can assist you ! Otherwise contact the kapoors in bollywood they would know much about ......kapoor ! LOL.

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    1. Hey Jadish, I think its pretty obvious she is from south of india, namely tamil Nadu. Definately not a Kapoor!!! but good attempt at word play. :-) amusing.

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    2. That was a reply from jadish to dueepjs query (previous query) about where to buy camphor...:)

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  6. Can synthetic camphor be used for face and hair

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    1. Synthetic camphor is best avoided for face and hair, instead try using camphor essential oil...

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  7. Hiii ramya the camphor mixed with coconut oil then can i use for dandruff relief.....

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    1. Though I have heard about using synthetic camphor oil for hair for treating dandruff, I am a bit hesitant to use synthetic camphor for hair. I would suggest mixing camphor essential oil with coconut oil for treating dandruff....

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  8. Camphor oil mix with coconut oil does it make skin fairer ?

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    1. I don't have any idea whether camphor will make the skin fairer as I have only used it occasionally as a home remedy....

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  9. Hai Ramya,

    Thanks for sharing. I have bad sebum n using camphor e.oil with coconut oil to soak n massage my hair before shower.
    Can you recommend or suggest a good brand. i am using the one packed by Ashwin Phar.India. Can we still use the oil after expiry date. Thanks

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    1. Hi, I always prefer to make my own camphor oil so I don't know any good brands. I would suggest not to use the product after the expiry date...

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  10. Hai Ramya,

    Can we still use an expired camphor oil? Can u recommend any brand of essential champhor oil.Thanks

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  11. Hai Ramya,

    Can smokeless camphor be used for the same purposes?

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    1. Hi, I would suggest making your own camphor hair oil by mixing camphor essential oil in pure coconut oil and use instead of camphor oil made with synthetic camphor. Even smokeless camphor is synthetic camphor (if I am not wrong) so try using only the essential oil. You can easily buy it through amazon....

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  12. Saint poet Aalwaar Aandaal asks divine conch whether Vishnu's lips smell of karuppooram or lotus. Of course she is thinking of pachai karpooram, not camphor which was not known.

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  13. Can anyone , please, enlighten me whether drinking a glass of water a day with a pinch of pachai karpooram is good for health or will it have any side effects.

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    1. Though edible camphor or pachai karpooram has some health benefits and uses when taken internally like aiding digestion and sleep, it is best used in home remedies occasionally that too in a very very low dosage. Overdosing will have bad side effects...

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  14. Can synthetic camphor when added to coconut oil help reduce hairfall?

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    1. I would suggest not to use synthetic camphor on hair....

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  15. does camphor reduces lies in hair?

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    1. Yes, camphor is a good home remedy for lice...

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  16. jan_t_77@hotmail.com14 October 2015 at 01:36

    How do I melt camphor blocks, to use as spray, to stop cats peeing on front door?

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    1. You can powder the camphor block, mix it in water and spray....

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  17. Karpura used in indulekha is same as camphor or different

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  18. White karpura + coconut oil mix can use as a dandruff remedy?

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    1. I would suggest using camphor essential oil + coconut oil than using synthetic camphor for treating dandruff..

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  19. 1. If we burn the pachai karpooram for Aarathi will it produce black smoke? If yes is it a good form of black smoke and why?

    2. In your picture it looks solid white but mine appears like a small clear white crystal chips. Is it correct?

    3. How to tell we have the true thing?

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    1. I have not used pachai karpooram for Aarathi so I don't know about the color of the smoke it will produce but I will try it and see. Usually edible camphor gets broken up into crystals, I just took only the large pieces for photographing so it can be easily seen. Usually the edible camphor we get in the shops are pure...

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    2. I just bought few boxes of Pachai Karpooram during this Deepavali. I got the crystalline powder that comes in small viles. Yet I'm not able to use it until next year for September thru December . Is it safe to store it until then for one year? What is the maximum time it is safe to store it for?

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    3. Usually pachai karpooram stays well for about 1.5 years if stored in an airtight box...

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    4. How to tell it can't be used or has gone beyond the freshness date? I ask because some sellers are not putting date on the packets or boxes with viles in it. Some are selling in it just clear plastic bags.

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    5. It is indeed hard to tell whether it has gone beyond the freshness date. But if there is a decrease in the smell of pachai karpooram we can know it has gone past the usage date...

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    6. traditionally what type of box it was stored in?
      i ask because i was reading upon camphor wood boxes, and wondered if we stored the pacha karpooram in that or in something else.

      if you also have ideas on how to burn it like over vibhuti, akshata or varatti let me know so that the plate doesn't stain black.

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  20. What is the correct metallic vessel to burn it on? Silver ...brass? Or red clay?

    How to clean the black soot off in a natural way like we use tamarind to polish brass?

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    1. We use only brass. We clean it with red mud and then polish it with tamarind...

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  21. Hello madam, how do i identify the pure karpura and a synthetic karpura? How do i make essential oil from karpura?

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    1. Both synthetic and pure karpura |karpooram smell really different. The karpura essential oil can't be made at home....

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  22. mam can we use desi camphor mixed with coconut oil on hair ?

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    1. I would suggest using camphor essential oil mixed with coconut oil for hair instead of synthetic camphor...

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  23. Hello mam! Where do I get camphor essential oil? Can you suggest any brand?

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    1. Unfortunately in India we mostly get only camphor oil not the essential oil, try the "Now 100 % pure camphor essential oil" from amazon.com....

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  24. thanks for interesting post... but i am confused?
    the one which used while praying to god is what you are referring or something else, i should distinguish while buying the same?

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    1. The camphor which is used in rituals and prayers is what I refer to when I have mentioned synthetic camphor. The one we use in cooking I have referred to as edible camphor. Usually edible camphor will be kept separately in food isles and will be mentioned in the packet...

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  25. What will be the ratio of camphor essential oil and coconut oil when these are mixed together?

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    1. 12 to 15 drops of camphor essential oil for every 30 ml of coconut oil will work well...

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  26. This article is so informative and helpful. Thank you.
    I want to dissolve some kapoor in coconut oil for dry skin.
    Please tell me what is the proportion of kapoor to oil ?

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    1. I would suggest using this homemade rose oil recipe for dry skin instead of synthetic kapoor and coconut oil, it gives the best results: http://www.wildturmeric.net/2014/04/amazing-rose-oil-recipe.html

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  27. can we use hair bladness with camphor??

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    1. Camphor essential oil when mixed with a base oil and massaged onto the scalp improves blood circulation to the scalp thus it is said to curb hair loss but I doubt how far effective it will be for baldness but you can give it a try...

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  28. If anyone want to take camphor, then only take "edible" type and only a pinch (which is half the size of chickpea). I learned about its benefits from Baba Ramdev. I like your website Ramya, very informative.

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    1. Hi can u tell if we can eat kapoor. If yes which type and where do u get it from ?

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    2. We can consume very very small amounts of edible camphor. We use edible camphor mainly for some sweets and it is added in very small quantities (usually a pinch for a large batch) as even a tiny amount more will spoil the whole dish as it has a strong flavor. You can buy edible camhor in all the departmental stores, it is sold under the name of pachai karpooram in Tamil....

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  29. I like what you are doing, this is informative website. Found out about camphor (both edible and non-edible) from Baba Ramdev.

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  30. Hi can we use Pachauri karpooram and mix it with coconut o il for hair

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    1. You can heat both pachai karpooram and coconut oil in low flame till pachai karpooram melts and then use but I would suggest using camphor essential oil instead of camphor blocks mixed with coconut oil for hair...

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  31. I have heard that camphor leads to faster hair whitening. Is it true?

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    1. I would suggest using camphor in the form of essential oil not synthetic camphor, if using camphor essential oil it will not cause any harm to the hair...

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  32. Hi, i have read the blog on camphor earlier. i would like to know does it stop hair fall and help to regrow the hair again in same area.

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    1. I would suggest using camphor in the form of camphor essential oil for hair, it greatly prevents all the infections of the scalp and increases circulation to the scalp thus promoting hair growth...

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  33. Hi Ramya,
    I read that if you mix the camphor with Vicks, baking soda and alcohol to make a paste and rub it on your belly before bedtime it will help disolve body fat by wearing it at night and wrapping your waist with plastic wrap overnight... Do you think this works?

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    1. In my personal opinion, regular exercise and good diet is the basis for long term fat loss. Sweating like mentioned above will only lead to water loss and not fat loss and the mixture also might irritate the skin...

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  34. Hi whether nutmeg will work for reduce the black marks..kindly suggest me

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    1. Nutmeg will work in getting rid of black marks but try using it along with sandalwood powder for best results...

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  35. Which camphor be used as mosquito repellent pls guide.And pls tell me is this edible camphor available in north India

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    1. You can use the edible camphor or the camphor essential oil for repelling mosquitoes. You get edible camphor all over India...

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  36. Can d same be used for removing 2 years old burn scar on leg ?

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    1. Camphor essential oil can be used for treating scars, just mix the essential oil in coconut oil and apply on the scar daily regularly..

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  37. Used mixture of camphor and coconut oil on feet because I was suffering from itching and redness over it (was recommended by a friend). Now the feet are good, there's no itching but the colour of the feet has become so dull. Please help me out to get the fair colour back :(

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    1. Try applying fresh Aloe Vera gel regularly for a few days, it will greatly help...

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  38. Hi Ramya......i have somehow got addicted 2 eating camphor used for pooja and rituals. I know its bad for health yet i dont know how to overcome this addiction....pls suggest any alternate remedy for me to get over this addiction.

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  39. Hi Ramya......i have somehow got addicted 2 eating camphor used for pooja and rituals. I know its bad for health yet i dont know how to overcome this addiction....pls suggest any alternate remedy for me to get over this addiction.

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    1. Eating synthetic camphor is poisonous and will have worst side effects. I would suggest getting to know fully about the side effects of eating camphor. Once we get to know fully how a habit adversely affects our body, we will be able to stop it. You can read about camphor poisoning here: http://www.indianpediatrics.net/oct2012/oct-841-842.htm

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  40. Is this good to stop dogs from spraying as well

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    1. It is best to avoid camphor around pets as it can be toxic for them...

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  41. Can we use synthetic camphor smell to calm nervous systen or anexity

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    1. For anxiety, do not use synthetic camphor smell. Try the pure camphor essential oil, it will work well for reducing anxiety and stress...

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  42. Mam,l'm confused to buy camphor please suggest any particular brand which is safe for sensitive people like me or is tat good to use camphor which we burn and use for pooja??

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    1. All the synthetic camphor we get in the markets emits bad smoke and there is no brand which is better than the other. At home, I never burn synthetic camphor at all...

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  43. Hi usually in temple and other traditional eateries they use pachai karporam for floor cleaning why it is used

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  44. Hi Ramaya,

    How to use camphor for eliminating severe cold / running nose?

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    1. You can mix few drops of camphor essential oil in water and steam or you can add few drops of camphor oil to coconut oil and massage it in the forehead and tip of the nose...

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  45. Mam how to manufacture synthetic karpuram

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    1. We can't manufacture synthetic karpuram at home....

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  46. Hello ma'am,
    I am suffering from tremendous skin itching, can u tell me d proportion for mixing coconut oil with camphor,and what should I use synthetic camphor or edible camphor?
    Thank u in advance.

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    1. Can you please tell me the cause for your skin itching: 1. Is it because of any insect bites? 2. Allergy? 3. dryness?

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    2. Its due to some kinda allergy.

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    3. Ma'am, I am waiting for ur answer.

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    4. I am very sorry for the late reply. I would suggest applying a paste of neem and holy basil leaves all over the body, wait for few minutes before washing it off. Usually we just rub holy basil leaves paste for skin itching and it gives very good relief fast. Also you can apply coconut oil mixed with few drops of camphor essential oil but please don't use synthetic camphor...

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  47. Pachai karpooram is a good insect repellent that is why it is used for floor cleaning in many places...

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  48. Dear Ramya, you are knowledgeable and so patient to answer so many questions fully and with care. You are an inspiration ! Thank you very much for all I have learned from you. p.

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  49. Edible Camphore used for piles treatment?How
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    1. Camphor has analgesic and anti inflammatory properties, camphor when dissolved in oil and applied on the hemorrhoids treats the inflammation and lessens the pain...

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  50. What would you suggest for disguising the taste of camphor? It has been suggested to me for better sleep, but i find the taste very difficult to take. I've mixed a small amount in water, but even a small amount has a strong taste.

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    1. Oh it is very hard to disguise the smell and taste of camphor, we add a very very tiny pinch to large batches of sweet (ladoos) and still the smell will be unmistakable. But try adding a tiny pinch of cardamom to it and see whether it makes it better...

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  51. How much syntetic camphor should be added to cocnut oil for treating cold in infants (below 1 year)? Please reply ASAP.

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    1. For children below 1 year, I would suggest not using synthetic camphor oil for treating chest congestion as synthetic camphor might lead to skin allergies....

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  52. There is a video doing the rounds on WhatsApp, suggesting that 4 or 5 pieces of camphor can be placed in an empty GoodKnight mosquito repellent bottle to which one can add neem oil, the bottle closed with the used top that comes with the mosquito repellent and then plugged in. This modified 'repellent' is claimed to be effective as a mosquito repellent. Is it safe to inhale the fumes of the camphor-neem oil mixture over a period of time? Is the mixture a substitute for products like GoodKnight?
    Please also give your view on whether household lizards could be driven out using camphor fumes. I have this problem of lizards at home. They dirty the rooms with their urine and droppings, and are difficult to chase out. Thanks.

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  53. Hi Ramya.

    Is it good to consume pachai karpooram in water regularly as it is good for bad breath?

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    1. I would suggest not consuming pachai karpooram regularly as it is very dosage dependent. Though pachai karpooram is used for certain sweets traditionally, it is added in very very small quantities.....

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  54. Hi

    Can camphor can be used for red scrotum syndrome / itching due to fungal infection

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    1. I am sorry, I am not sure how effective camphor is for red scrotum syndrome...

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  55. What happens when camphor mix with mustard oil and use for hairs did it affects hair or not please reply

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    1. Camphor when mixed with mustard oil and applied on the scalp will increase the blood circulation and treat mild scalp infections. But I would suggest using camphor essential oil mixed with mustard oil for hair which is very safe and gives the same benefits. Definitely never use synthetic camphor for hair...

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  56. There is a video doing the rounds on WhatsApp, suggesting that 4 or 5 pieces of camphor can be placed in an empty GoodKnight mosquito repellent bottle to which one can add neem oil, the bottle closed with the used top that comes with the mosquito repellent and then plugged in. This modified 'repellent' is claimed to be effective as a mosquito repellent. Is it safe to inhale the fumes of the camphor-neem oil mixture over a period of time? Is the mixture a substitute for products like GoodKnight?
    Please also give your view on whether household lizards could be driven out using camphor fumes. I have this problem of lizards at home. They dirty the rooms with their urine and droppings, and are difficult to chase out. Thanks.

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  57. Hello Ramya good article. But I would like to correct you. Edible Karpura is used for eating and Bhimseni is used for temple. It is just that in modern world since Bhimseni is too costly people use synthetic Camphor and home and in some temple(Temple/Priessts who know the importance of Camphor will never use synthetic camphor as it is nothing but turpentine oil.
    Synthetic camphor also give a black smoke and does not purify the atmosphere the main reason of burning camphor is for purification.
    So Just because everyone is using it and its almost impossible to get real Camphor for burning that is Bhimseni it does not mean that that Synthetic is used for temple. I would say that if you use Synthetic Camphor for pooja you will have no benefits.
    So please ask some elders about this they might know cause in their times I am sure there was no Synthetic Camphor. Then maybe you can correct your article as it sure fortifies a very wrong practice as legitimate.
    Not to mention all those pooja's waste

    And please do you know how can I take edible camphor. It is not soluble in water(only synthetic one is so that is a good way of checking it) and I want to consume it. I only found it soluble in alchohol. So Any ideas on what is a safe dose too. Thanks

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  58. I understand that edible camphor can be taken with banana for piles .
    is it true ?

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  59. If camphor is used with coconut oil, then how long you can keep it on hair? Is it okay to keep it overnight and washing in the morning?

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  60. For how long can i keep camphor on the hair if i use it with coconut oil?
    Is it okay to keep it overnight and wash it in the morning?

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  61. If camphor is used with coconut oil, then how long you can keep it on hair? Is it okay to keep it overnight and washing in the morning?

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  62. Wr can i get camphor essential oil? Amazon?? Link?

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  63. Which type of karpooram we have to use for hair fall??

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