Top 4 Ways to Use Camphor: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

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Top 4 Ways to Use Camphor: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week


Camphor White

Latin name: Cinnamomum camphora

Aroma Description: Strong, intense and woody


Therapeutic benefits

  • Encourages clear and easy breathing.
  • Helps boost circulation.
  • Eases aches and pains due to regular wear and tear of the joints.
  • Helps relieve sore and aching muscles.



No! Camphor is NOT KidSafe. 

Top 4 Ways to Use Camphor: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Dilution instructions:

Dilute to 3-5% in your favorite carrier oil and apply to sore joints and muscles.


Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your diffuser to help encourage clear breathing.


Oils to blend with:

Basil Linalool, Cajeput, Chamomile Roman, Lavender, and Rosemary 1,8-Cineole.


Additional reading


For those who have studied essential oils, you might know that there is a chemical constituent also called camphor. While you might expect it to be the main constituent, Camphor contains only a very small percentage of this constituent! Instead, it is actually high in 1,8 Cineole while other oils like  Sage Dalmatian are high in camphor. Now let’s look at some of the best ways to get the most out of this oil.


Sore Muscles

One of Camphor’s most popular benefits is its ability to help relieve pain associated with sore muscles. That’s why this oil is one of the main ingredients in our Muscle Aid synergy blend and our Muscle Aloe Jelly. So if you like to work out or maybe just slept wrong, this is an oil you want in your collection. Dilute to 3% in your favorite carrier oil and massage into the area of concern.


Achy Joints

Like many other oils that help ease muscle pain, Camphor can also help with stiff and achy joints. Whenever you experience discomfort because of the normal wear and tear your joints go through, apply this oil for some relief.


Trouble Breathing

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Due to its high 1,8 Cineole content, Camphor is excellent for helping support a healthy respiratory system. This makes it perfect for diffusion! If you’re suffering from one of those dreaded winter colds or seasonal allergies, use this oil to help clear up congestion and get breathing again. Try adding it to a DIY chest rub. You can even use it to support clear and healthy lungs all year long.


Skin Concerns

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And lastly, this oil can help with a variety of skin concerns. You can use it as a spot treatment for everything from acne to bumps and bruises!

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10 thoughts on “Top 4 Ways to Use Camphor: Our Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week”

  • Concern about using this wonderful for someone with epilepsy. Read that it lowers the seizure threshold. Stumped about what to use for congestion. Eucalyptus also supposed to have same effect. Please advise

    1. Hello Donna,
      With this, we would recommend that you talk to a certified aromatherapist. Since this is a medical condition the FDA forbids us from addressing medical concerns. You can find a certified aromatherapist under and filter the search results to your city and state. We hope you get your answer soon!

  • Thank you for this information! I knew of camphor only for congestion. I was looking for oils to help with muscle tension, and that’s how I found this article. I’m very excited to try it.

  • This is a question so I’m not sure this is the place for it. I am ordering this for congestion. Sometimes it is so bad I can’t sleep, especially if there are storms around. Looking for advice on how to use it? Also, does it have any addiction problem like some drugs.

    1. Hi Jennifer, when it comes to congestion, diffusing is always a great way to use your oils. You can also dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it topically to your chest. And essential oils don’t carry addictive properties.

  • So glad I ordered this oil. I’m suffering with allergies at this time of year. I’m diffusing it right now. Ahhhh, wonderful oil. ❤

  • I like to inhale this oil by simply putting a drop in my palm and cupping over my nose for several deep breaths mid-afternoon for a pick me up. If you have used the Muscle Aid synergy, you know is effective on muscle and joint soreness. Terrific oil!

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