Sunday, 24 August 2014

25 Top Benefits & Uses of Camphor (Karpooram) For Skin, Hair, Health & Home

 

We get two types of camphor in India, one is called Edible Camphor which is got from plants and trees and the other is Synthetic Camphor. Camphor whose scientific name is Cinnamomum Camphora is a white waxy substance that is highly flammable and it has been used in India from ancient times. Camphor tree is native to China, Mongolia, India, Japan and Taiwan. Camphor is generally got from the Camphor Laurel tree which is commonly found in Asia and also from Kapur tree. Along with these two trees some other trees and plants like camphor basil and rosemary also contains camphor in varying amounts. How is camphor made? To make camphor, first the trees in which the camphor is distilled should be at least 50 years old. Camphor is got by steam distilling the bark and branches of camphor laurel tree or kapur tree and then it is purified by sublimation. Camphor is also synthetically produced from oil of turpentine as it is much cheaper than camphor got from trees and plants. We call the camphor got from the trees Pachai Karpooram in Tamil, Karpur in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati & Bengali, Pachai Kalpooram in Malayalam, Karpooram in Telugu, Karpoora in Kannada, Kappur in Punjabi and Karpuram in Sanskrit. The synthetically derived camphor is called just Karpooram in Tamil. We use the synthetically derived camphor only during prayers and rituals and it is a practice that has been done for centuries. Synthetic camphor is not used for medicinal purposes. We use the edible camphor called pachai karpooram in cooking to add aroma to certain sweet dishes and also in home remedies. Camphor Chemical Constituents: The main chemical constituents found in camphor are camphene, a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, phellandrene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, p-cymene, camphor, y-terpene, terpineole, furfural, linalool, bornyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol, caryophyllene, borneol, cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, piperitone, geranial, methyl cinnamate and safrole. Camphor Chemical Properties: Camphor has analgesic (pain relieving), antiseptic, nasal decongestant, mild expectorant, counter irritant, rubefacient (that causes increased blood flow to the part of the skin it is applied), cough suppressant, anti spasmodic, anti bacterial and anti fungal and anti itching properties. Camphor is mainly used topically world over and it is so famous because it acts as a mild anesthetic, increases heat in the area applied and also because it has a strong distinctive odor that opens up nasal passages when we inhale it. Camphor easily enters our skin and into our blood stream and this can happen through direct ingestion and inhalation of the vapors. Camphor Essential Oil Benefits & Uses: Camphor essential oil is got by steaming the wood, stump and branches of camphor tree which is then rectified and filter pressed. After filter pressing, three different types of camphor oil are produced. They are white, yellow and brown camphor oil. The three oils vary in safrole content with brown camphor oil containing around 80 % and yellow camphor oil containing around 10 to 20 % and the white camphor oil containing 8 % or less. Out of these three only white camphor oil is used for therapeutic purposes and both yellow and brown camphor oils are considered toxic and carcinogenic due to the high amounts of safrole present. Even the white camphor oil should be used with caution as it is a very very powerful oil. It is mainly used for cold, flu, bringing down the inflammation, sprains, arthritis, aches and pains and also as a wonderful insect repellent. Camphor Oil: Plain camphor oil that is sold in Indian markets is different from camphor essential oil, it is just camphor mixed in a base oil at different concentrations and mostly only synthetic camphor is used. So while buying camphor oil make sure to buy only pure camphor essential oil. Edible Camphor | Pachai Karpooram Benefits & Medicinal Uses: You will surprised to learn that camphor solely or in combination actually acts as a suppressant for certain types of tumors. It is also a radiosensitizer and treatment with camphor before radiation actually reduces the tumor size. There are many camphor based drugs that have been proven to be very useful for treating chronic inflammations and cancers. Another important use of camphor is in making of carbon nanotubes which are used as a drug carrying vehicle for chemotherapy drugs to the cancer cells which are then excreted. Carbon nanotubes were usually made from petroleum products but now it is made from camphor which is an environmental friendly hydro carbon. At home, we use edible camphor both in home remedies and in cooking. We dissolve edible camphor in oil and use it as a chest rub when suffering from chest congestion, for treating inflammations, for treating fungal and bacterial infections and we also use it to get relief from itching caused by insect bites. In cooking, we add tiny bit of pachai karpooram when we are making sweets especially ladoos. Pachai karpooram is sold in air tight sealed plastic covers in India and when using pachai karpooram always remember that little goes a long way. If you add even a tiny pinch more, it will spoil the taste as the smell is really overpowering. Synthetic Camphor Uses: We get synthetic camphor both in small tablet form and as a single big chunk. We use the small tablets for our prayers at home and the big sized camphor is used in temples. One big problem with synthetic camphor is the black smoke it emits when it burns so I have stopped using it daily and use it only on special occasions. Synthetic camphor can be used as a insecticide, you can mix a small piece of synthetic camphor in water and sprinkle but I would highly suggest limiting the use of synthetic camphor. Camphor Dosage: Usually for external application, concentration of 3 to 11 % is suggested and if we follow this dosage we will not experience any side effects. Taking camphor internally as a medicine is best done only under expert guidance as the dosage is very important. Usually the toxic level is 50 mg per kg but the toxic levels can vary from person to person and for children even .7 grams of camphor can be really toxic. Side Effects: Camphor has amazing medicinal uses if used in the correct dosage. We should always remember that camphor is highly dosage dependent and after a certain dosage it becomes highly toxic. This applies to external application, internal consumption and inhaling the vapors. Also camphor enters into our blood stream very quickly so we should never use camphor oil on broken capillaries. Pregnant women should practice great caution when using camphor as it can cross the placental barrier and affect the baby. Always keep camphor away from the reach of kids. Over dosage can result in abdominal pain, nausea, headache, palpitation and seizure, you can read the toxicity report of camphor over dosage here. Varieties Of Camphor: There are varieties of camphor depending on the tree it is sourced from like Bhimseni Karpura, Japani Karpura and Ngai Karpura, etc. Out of these varieties, Bhimseni karpura got from Dyobalanops Aromatica is very significant as it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and in rituals from ancient times. It is considered more powerful than other camphor varieties. Where To Buy Camphor? We get both edible camphor and synthetic camphor tablets easily in the markets here in India. You can easily make camphor oil at home but if you want to buy camphor essential oil, you can order it online. If you want camphor powder, just powder the edible camphor finely using a mortar and pestle. When storing both types of camphor, make sure to store them in airtight boxes and when using it on fire to make camphor oil be careful as it is highly flammable....

 

25 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS & MEDICINAL USES OF CAMPHOR FOR HAIR, SKIN, HEALTH & HOME:

 CAMPHOR BENEFITS FOR SKIN:

1. Camphor For Itching:


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

2. 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. But never use camphor essential oil directly on the skin. Some good base oils are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and wheat germ oil.

3. Camphor & Coconut Oil For Eczema & Psoriasis: 

One of the main problems of eczema and psoriasis is the constant itching and camphor oil is very effective when applied on the affected area as it greatly helps relieve the itching. For the remedy take 2 tbsp of virgin coconut oil in a bowl, add in 3 drops of camphor essential oil to it, mix and apply. You can store this oil for months together and use whenever needed.

4. Camphor & Rose Water For Shrinking Open Pores:


Camphor has astringent properties and when applied on the skin helps shrink open pores. To use, take 1 pinch of edible camphor and mix it in 1/4 cup pure homemade rose water till the camphor crystals dissolve completely and store in a bottle. After cleansing your face, use this blend as a toner, it will greatly help shrink open pores.

5. For Toenail Infections:

For treating toe nail  infections, take 2 to 3 liters of warm water in wide bowl large enough to immerse your feet. Add in a handful of neem leaves to it and finally add in few drops of camphor essential oil, mix well and soak your feet in it till the water turns cold. Since camphor has anti bacterial properties, it greatly helps treat and prevent toenail infections.

6. Camphor For Dark Circles:

For treating dark circles, mix 2 to 3 drops of camphor essential oil in 1/4 cup of cold pressed, unrefined castor oil and massage gently around the eyes. Regular use should fade away the dark circles soon.

7. Camphor For Skin Fairness:


Camphor greatly helps face dark spots and scars resulting in fair and glowing skin. But please remember not to go above 8 to 10 % concentration when mixing camphor to base oils. To use, mix 3 drops of camphor essential oil to 1/4 cup of unrefined coconut oil and massage gently all over the face for few minutes and then wash it off.

CAMPHOR BENEFITS FOR HAIR:

8. Camphor For Dandruff:

Camphor is amazing for treating dandruff in fact camphor is good for treating all scalp infections as it has anti bacterial properties. For treating dandruff, take 2 tbsp of sesame oil in an iron pan and heat till it gets warm. Now add in 2 drops of camphor essential oil and mix well. Use this mixture to massage your scalp. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes before having hair wash.

9. Camphor For Hair Growth:

Camphor improves blood circulation in the area it is applied and increased blood circulation strengthens the hair roots and greatly promotes hair growth. To use, you can use coconut oil and camphor essential oil blend as a pre-shampoo treatment or it can be applied in the night and washed off the next day morning.

10. Camphor For Hair Loss:


Camphor is great for arresting hair loss especially if the hair loss is caused due to scalp infections as it has wonderful anti bacterial properties. Also since it boosts blood circulation in the scalp, it strengthens the week hair roots thus arresting hair fall very quickly.

11. Camphor For Head Lice:

Camphor has amazing anti parasitic properties and it helps get rid of head lice very effectively. For treating head lice, remove the lice with a lice comb as much as you can. Now mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 drops of camphor essential oil and apply all over the scalp. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off. 

CAMPHOR USES FOR HEALTH:

12. Camphor for Pregnant Women: 

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

 13. Camphor For Sprains: 

Since camphor reduces pain it can be used as a massage oil when we suffer from minor sprains. To use mix 2 to 3 drops of camphor essential oil in a cup of warm water. Dip a thick cotton cloth in the mixture, wring out excess and apply as a compress on the affected area.

14. Camphor For Chest Congestion:


If you are suffering from chest congestion, camphor will greatly help. 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 tiny pinch of edible camphor. When it is warm, rub it on the child's chest and back to get good relief from chest congestion.

15. Camphor For Arthritis:

Since camphor reduces inflammation very effectively, it can be used by people suffering from arthritis to reduce the pain and swelling. To use, mix few drops of camphor essential oil in sesame oil and massage gently in the joints.

16. Camphor For Cold, Flu & Headache:


If you are suffering from fever, cold and headache, a warm massage on the forehead with homemade vaporub made with camphor essential oil will help. For making the balm, heat 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of beeswax in a double boiler or in low flame. Once melted add in 5 to 6 drops of camphor essential oil and mix well. Pour into a glass jar, let it set and use.

17. Camphor For Muscular Aches & Pains:

If you are suffering from aches and pains which can happen when we over exert ourselves, a camphor oil soak will help. For the soak, take a handful of Epsom salt in the bathtub and fill in warm water. Now add in 3 drops of camphor essential oil and soak in it. You will find your aches and pains reducing very quickly...

18. Camphor For Nervous Depression:


Camphor has a soothing effect on our nerves. If you are feeling nervous or depressed, take a diffuser and add in few drops of camphor essential oil and switch on. The smell of camphor will greatly help ease the nervousness....

 19. Camphor As a Pain Reliever:

Camphor essential oil can be used as a wonderful pain reliever as it has analgesic properties. If you are suffering from any kind of pain and inflammation, massage the area gently with coconut oil and camphor essential oil mix. But please don't use it on open wounds and cuts....

20. Camphor For Cough:


If you are suffering from cough follow this remedy: Boil water in a wide pan, I use an inhaler for steaming. Add just a drop or two of camphor essential oil and inhale. It will greatly help with the cough but please don't add too much of camphor essential oil.

21. Anti Neuralgic Properties:

Neuralgia is a condition in which sharp pain extends along a nerve or a group of nerves. Camphor oil is a wonderful home remedy for it as it helps relieve the pain. Massage the area with camphor and coconut oil blend...

CAMPHOR USES AROUND HOME:

22. 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.

23. 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. 

 24. Camphor Antiseptic Cleaner & Disinfectant:

If  you want a natural disinfectant for your kitchen, all you have to do is take a cup of water in a spray bottle and add few drops of camphor essential oil to it and spray. You can use this to wipe away the surface weekly once to prevent insects and it also helps gets rid of germs. You can also dissolve 2 or 3 pinches of edible camphor powder in the water that you are going to mop the floor with...

25. Camphor For Cockroaches:


Camphor is great for getting rid of cockroaches too. For the remedy, boil a handful of neem leaves in a cup. Remove and add a small chunk of either synthetic camphor or edible camphor and spray on the areas where cockroaches are usually found. It is one of the best home remedies to get rid of cockroaches.....




151 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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    1. dnt take her efforts as granted by calling dear and all...give respect and take respect...

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    2. and dont be so narrow minded.

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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. hi ramya please i want know wheather adding pachai kampooram to water to drink is healthy for or not

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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 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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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. 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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    1. Edible camphor fumes does repel mosquitoes and can be used along with neem oil like you mentioned. But even then we have to be careful about the amount of edible camphor we are using and also the time we are exposed to the smoke is also important. It is best not to inhale the camphor burning fumes for long duration's of time...

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  58. 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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    1. 1. When authentic karpooram is burned what should the color of the smoke be?

      2. Can you explain in detail what the qualities of authentic karpooram should be?

      3. Are you sure its not soluble in water? I think this can't be true because
      it is put into theertham...

      4. In Tamil Nadu my understanding is the soodam was banned in temples for aarthi use.

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    2. It's possible there are different types of camphor for different purposes.
      The one for theertham might be different than the one used to do aarathi to remove
      negativity....therefore one might dissolve in water and another varietal won't easily
      do so. Whether smokeless and smoke causing both synthetic products are nasty
      in smell and smoke and just not the real thing.

      This is the first time I am reading about a term called Bhimseni and
      that type of camphor might be used for the evil eye removal aarthi....
      not for theertham for drinking. That theertham one might be a different camphor.
      Or perhaps Bhimseni is a commercial product that is not a valid one
      but a made up one....a gimmick...

      It would help to get some clarification on this. I think karpooram could have meant many things not just camphor but something else other than camphor......

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    3. Definitely plant based camphor's purify the air and give us all the benefits unlike synthetic camphor. Synthetic camphor is still being used in Tamil Nadu temples:(. The smoke of pure karpooram varies depending on the tree it is sourced from and edible camphor does dissolve in water though it takes some time. Regarding consuming camphor, I would suggest practicing great caution and to do it only under expert guidance....

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

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    1. It is best not to take edible camphor internally as a home remedy as it is highly dosage dependent and becomes toxic after a certain amount...

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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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    1. You can mix camphor essential oil and virgin coconut oil together in the amount mentioned above and apply on hair. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next day.

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

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    1. You can buy camphor essential oil through online shops like amazon, there are many varieties choose the one you prefer...

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

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    1. Use camphor essential oil mixed in pure unrefined coconut oil for arresting hair fall and promoting hair growth...

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  65. can I keep camphor in locker or cash box or in mandir in air and not burning it?
    what's the benefits of this process?

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    1. Camphor is considered sacred and has been used to purify the area around us but I am not sure about keeping camphor in a locker and cash box. I would suggest not leaving camphor open in any place unguarded for long periods of time...

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  66. Yes Deepam..U can leave it overnight before washing with a mild shampoo...It will kill all ur dandruff and it's good for hairfall ...Mix camphor with parachute coconut oil..

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  67. Hi Ramya,
    Thank you for creating such a wonderful blog.
    I have made kajal at home and I want to add some camphor in it but I am not sure if I can add edible camphor in it.
    Please Help.

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    1. You can add tiny bit of edible camphor to it...

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  68. Good evening ramya mam,,,
    Whether this pachai karpooram can be used for repelling ants,spider,lizards,rats and cats from car.....since my car is a new one!!!!

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  69. Good evening ramya mam,,,
    Whether this pachai karpooram can be used for repelling ants,spider,lizards,rats and cats from car.....since my car is a new one!!!!

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    1. Yes, you can use pachai karpooram | edible camphor for repelling insects from your car....

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  70. Burning camphor produces toxic gases which are very bad for health..
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/ban-on-camphor-use-in-temples-to-be-strictly-enforced/article6664603.ece

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    1. Someone kindly give alternatives to karpoora arathi other than using soodam. If you know any expert in this please enquire then write a response here as this is becoming a huge problem. The smokeless is also not good as it smells foul and is another synthetic chemical so don't suggest it. Anyone who is a religious scholar or priest please write.

      Perhaps there are other ways to remove evil eye . For some reason camphor is one substance that got associated with the word karpooram, however karpooram could mean many things. It could have been a variety of substances we could select from and use as karpooram? We need to know the true meaning of the word karpooram first.

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    2. It seems it was an oil that naturally formed and solidified into crystals on its own within certain special trees. I doubt what we get today is such whether as synthetic or as edible. The original process seems too rare and special of a situation and thus, was there something else we can use that is just as effective, yet natural and simple to obtain for our aarathi? Or we can just simply chant a mantra utilizing the Deity's name in place of the material karpooram for afterall the Deity is the ultimate energy for removing negativity.

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  71. Hello Ramaya,

    Is camphor good to use to eliminate odor from common public toilet?
    I saw it in a five star hotel toilet in Jaipur, but could not get confirmation. Does it work better than odonil?

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    1. Camphor has wonderful antiseptic properties and will help eliminate bad odor. But I am not sure whether it is more or less effective than odonil....

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  72. Hi, Ramya Venkateshwaran. I read your blog about kapur. I had small doubt. What is the difference between edible Bhimseni karpura and Bhimseni kapur?, I use this in a aircondition room for air freshener?, what is the benifits? i burn the kapur in room or not ? Plz tell me where i can purchase the original bhimseni kapur in online or in market ? plz suggest me.

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    1. Bhimseni kapur is got from Dryobalanops Aromatica tree and this variety of camphor has been used from ancient times and has all the above mentioned medicinal uses and health benefits. You can burn it in your room but please remember even inhaling too much of camphor vapors can have side effects. The difference between edible bhimseni and bhimseni kapur is in the purity. You can order bhimseni kapur online....

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  73. Can I use synthetic karpooram(used for Pooja's in home) in bathing purpose and in dandruff purpose. Please tell me the procedure for doing the above things

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    1. I would suggest using only either camphor essential oil mixed in coconut oil or edible camphor mixed in camphor in the dosage mentioned above. Never use synthetic camphor for hair and skin care...

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  74. Hi...I was told that eating paccha karpoora during pregnancy in very very small amount is good. I am 6 months pg now,, do you think I take the risk?

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    1. I would strongly suggest not eating camphor while pregnant,it has very bad side effects even if the dosage is slightly more...

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  75. How can i use camphor in monsoon season to avoid insects in home?

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    1. Yes you can use camphor to get rid of insects, it is a powerful insecticide...

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Thank you for taking your time to comment, it means a lot to me. Your comments and feedback's are my main motivation. Since I want to reply personally to each and every comment, it takes some time for me to reply. Please forgive me if I take some time to answer your questions - Ramya