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

oil | Kapur Oil refers to both camphor essential oil (Cinnamomum
Camphora Oil) and edible camphor dissolved in coconut oil. Both have
wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. 
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
essential oil is got by steaming the wood, stump and branches of
Camphor Laurel 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 %, 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
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.


1. Camphor Oil 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. Camphor Oil For Eczema & Psoriasis: 

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. Camphor Oil For Toenail Infections:

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. Camphor Oil For Skin Fairness:

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. Camphor Oil For Dark Circles:

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.


6. Camphor Oil 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. Camphor Oil 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. Camphor Oil 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. Camphor Oil 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.


10. Camphor Oil 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. Camphor Oil For Sprains: 

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. Camphor Oil For Cold, Flu & Headache:

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. Camphor Oil For Muscular Aches & Pains:

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. Camphor Oil For Nervous Depression:

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. Camphor Oil For Babies:

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. 



  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…

Leave a Reply