15 Top Uses Of Camphor Oil For Hair, Skin & Health

camphor oil uses

Camphor oil | Kapoor Oil refers to both camphor essential oil also referred to as Cinnamomum Camphora Oil and edible camphor dissolved in coconut oil. Both have wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses. The scientific name of camphor is Cinnamomum Camphora, it is a white waxy substance that is highly flammable. There are two types of camphor, one is synthetically derived from turpentine and the other is derived from trees.

Usually plant based camphor is got from Camphor Laurel tree and along with other trees like Indian Kapur tree. 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. Camphor essential oil is got by steaming the wood, stump and branches of Camphor Laurel tree which is then rectified and filter pressed.

Types Of Camphor Oil:

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 %, 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.

Camphor oil is mainly used for cold, flu, bringing down the inflammation, sprains, arthritis, aches and pains and also as a wonderful insect repellent. Plain camphor oil that is sold in Indian markets is different from camphor essential oil, it is just edible camphor mixed in coconut oil at different concentrations.

Camphor Oil Chemical Constituents:

The main chemical constituents found in camphor oil 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 Oil Chemical Properties:

Camphor oil has analgesic (pain relieving), antiseptic, nasal decongestant, mild expectorant, counter irritant, rubefacient (that causes increased blood flow and redness to the part of the skin it is applied), cough suppressant, anti spasmodic, anti bacterial and anti fungal and anti itching properties.

How To Make Camphor Oil?

We can make camphor oil at home in 3 ways, one is by heating coconut oil with edible camphor in slow flame till it is dissolved completely. The second is by mixing camphor essential oil in coconut oil. The third is by mixing synthetic camphor in coconut oil. I would suggest using camphor essential oil mixed in coconut oil for hair care and edible camphor mixed with coconut oil for massaging the body for treating pains and aches. I would suggest not using synthetic camphor oil at all for hair and skin care but you can use it as an insecticide.

Camphor Oil Side Effects:

Camphor oil should not be used in high concentration externally for both hair and skin care as it is toxic and it also enters our blood stream very quickly. Usually the safe recommended  dosage is around 3 to 11 % so when making camphor oil at home always remember not to go above 10 % concentration. Always keep camphor oil away from children and don’t use it on open wounds and cuts. Pregnant women should not use camphor oil in large doses.

Where To Buy Camphor Essential Oil?

You can buy camphor essential oil online easily, 100 ml costs around 500 rupees. When buying camphor essential oil make sure to specifically ask for white camphor essential oil and always mix it with a carrier oil and use.

Camphor Oil For Hair15 Top Camphor Oil Uses For Hair Growth, Skin & Health: 

Camphor Oil Uses For Skin:

1. 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 camphor essential oil directly on the skin. Some good base oils are extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil, etc.

2. 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 5 drops of camphor essential oil to it, mix and apply. You can store this oil for months together and use whenever needed.

3. For Toenail Infections:

For treating toenail 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, 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.

4. For Skin Fairness:

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

5. For Dark Circles:

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

camphor oil side effectsCamphor Oil Uses For Hair:

6. For Dandruff:

Camphor oil 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 tbsps of sesame oil in an iron pan and heat till gets warm. Now add in 2 drops of camphor essential oil and mix well. Use this mixture o massage your scalp. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes before having hair wash.

7. For Hair Growth:

Camphor oil 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 it as a pre-shampoo treatment like mentioned above or mix camphor essential oil in coconut oil and use.

8. For Head Lice:

Camphor oil 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 and 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.

9. For Hair Loss:

Camphor oil is great for arresting hair loss if the hair loss is caused due to scalp infections as it has wonderful anti bacterial properties. Since it boosts blood circulation in the scalp, it strengthen the week hair roots thus arresting hair fall.

camphor oil benefitsCamphor Oil Uses For Health:

10. 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.

11. For Sprains: 

Since camphor oil 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.

12. For Cold, Flu & Headache:

If you are suffering from fever, cold and headache, a warm massage on the forehead with coconut oil mixed with camphor essential oil will help relieve headache and it also greatly helps with all the symptoms of cold and flu.

13. 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 tub fill in warm water and add in 3 drops of camphor essential oil and soak in it.

14. For Nervous Depression:

Camphor oil 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 light it. The smell of camphor will greatly help ease the nervousness. The smell of camphor also will help get rid of mosquitoes…

15. For Babies:

Camphor essential oil mixed with coconut oil can be used a chest rub for babies to help relieve chest congestion. To use, warm 2 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil very lightly. Add in 2 drops of camphor essential oil and massage this gently on the chest and forehead. This remedy can be used for babies above 1 year but please be careful about the strength of the camphor oil.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 14, 2015 / 2:52 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 15, 2015 / 5:53 pm

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

  2. miges billi
    June 13, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Can I use mustard oil instead of coconut oil.thks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Yes, you can use mustard oil too…

  3. Vasanth Kumar
    July 3, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Is this camphor oil is used for treating dandruff and hair growth in bald head?kindly reply methanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 6, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      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….

    • Priyanka Patil
      June 6, 2016 / 3:02 pm

      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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 8, 2016 / 8:32 am

      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…

  4. Mrs Jameelah Ali Arfi
    September 6, 2015 / 10:39 am

    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 ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 2:28 am

      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?

    • Mrs Jameelah Ali Arfi
      September 11, 2015 / 5:58 pm


  5. Sha Zam
    September 25, 2015 / 10:31 am

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 28, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      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….

  6. Rakesh Managundi
    October 3, 2015 / 10:03 am

    Dear madam RegardsPlease let me know how to prepare camphor at home…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 3:08 pm

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

  7. Kratika Bhaskar
    October 13, 2015 / 10:45 am

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 20, 2015 / 4:54 pm

      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…

  8. Kratika Bhaskar
    October 28, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Thank you so much!

  9. Imade Iyamu
    January 10, 2016 / 12:29 am

    Is this camphor oil the same as camphor essential oil?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 31, 2016 / 2:22 pm

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

  10. Mals Swty
    February 24, 2016 / 5:01 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 19, 2016 / 9:19 am

      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…

  11. Anonymous
    June 14, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2016 / 6:03 am

      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…

  12. KR
    August 28, 2016 / 12:04 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 28, 2016 / 5:23 pm

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

  13. Unknown
    December 2, 2016 / 1:21 pm

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

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 29, 2017 / 9:26 am

      I would suggest not using synthetic camphor (karpooram) for hair and skin care. But if you want to use it as an insecticide you can mix and store. It will last a long time…

  14. Anik Narayan
    December 8, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Hi Ramya,Can you please tell the proportion of Camphor essential oil and Coconut oil while using it for the hair fall problem and which may help in hair growth as well?I want to buy Camphor essential oil. Can you please suggest any brand to go for?Links for online buying will also be of great help to me.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 29, 2017 / 9:24 am

      I would suggest using 5 to 6 drops of camphor essential oil for 1/4 cup of coconut oil, never go beyond 8 to 10% concentration. I have tried only "Devinez white Camphor Essential Oil" and it is ok.

  15. nins
    March 24, 2017 / 7:02 am

    For hair problems how much quantity of camphor essential oil and coconut oil to be mixed? Can I use this oil in my homemade soapnut shampoo for fragrance?

  16. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    August 29, 2017 / 9:11 am

    You can add 5 to 6 drops of camphor essential oil to 1/4 cup of unrefined coconut oil and use. You can add camphor essential oil to shampoos, it will greatly help with hair growth…

  17. Nita Lalvani
    August 29, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Hi Ramya Didi, can we use edible coconut oil?Or where should I get Unrefined coconut oil from ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 30, 2017 / 4:05 am

      Hi Nita, I would suggest using unrefined coconut oil as it is not treated with chemicals. You get unrefined coconut oil in all the departmental stores in India, just ask for cold pressed virgin coconut oil….

  18. Hemanathan R
    October 27, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Hi Ramya,I have heard from my mother that mixing camphor with coconut oil and gently massaging will relieve children from cold . Is it true. I have 5 month daughters (Twins) both have sever cold. What do you suggest. Also do you have a website where I can order products from???

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 29, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Camphor does not treat cold, it only open the nasal path ways making the child breathe easier. I would suggest giving them karunthulasi (krishna tulsi) juice in empty stomach, it will greatly help…

  19. Vinod
    July 28, 2021 / 5:56 pm

    Hi I make camphor oil at home. I put crushed bhimsen camphor in very hot coconut oil stirring constantly till it dissolves. I apply this to my forehead after bath and massage my body. My dandruff is gone so are ringworms which I used to get at times. Been doing since years. Is it safe to continue doing?

  20. Sathishkumar
    July 25, 2023 / 12:40 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the info.
    which brand is good for kids chest congestion.
    which one is best – store bought or pachai karpuram mixed coconut oil.

  21. Sathishkumar
    July 25, 2023 / 12:41 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the info.
    which brand is good for kids chest congestion.
    which one is best – store bought or pachai karpuram mixed coconut oil.

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