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Herbal Medicines Using Camphor (Kapur)

Characteristics

How it looks - An attractive, thickly branched evergreen tall tree, it is adorned by yellowish-white flowers and bears dark green fruits which turn dark brown on ripening. Camphor is the oil distilled mainly from the cells of the leaves and stem.

What we use - Deposits in the oil cells (camphor)

What it does - It is aromatic, skin and cardiac stimulant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac and expectorant.

Cure of General Disorders

  • In wounds - Camphor is powdered, pasted in ghee and applied over the affected area to relieve. pain and inflammation.

  • In joint pains - Heat sesame oil, remove from stove and add a few pieces of camphor to make an effective application on painful joints. I n cold places, mustard oil may be used instead of sesame oil.

  • In muscle cramps - An ointment can be made of camphor and sesame oil and applied to relieve from cramps. In toothaches-Hold a piece of cotton soaked in camphor oil between teeth to numb ache, or you could press camphor and pepper powder on the tooth.

  • In common cold - It is used as a smelling salt in bouts of cold. Put a few drops on a hanky and sniff to clear stuffy nose.

  • In burning sensation - Powdered camphor is dissolved in bath water. Sandal pastes may be added to enhance the effect.

  • In burns - Powdered camphor in oil make a highly healing application over burns.

  • In itching around the anus - Make a paste of thymol and camphor, or camphor and just sesame oil to make a soothing ointment.

  • In itching eczema - Camphor can be added to any preparation for healing an itchy lesion, as it numbs and thereby soothes the urge to scratch.

  • In lice infestation - Adding camphor to coconut oil , coupled with washing the hair with dilute camphor for water keeps lice at bay.

   

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