Camphoris a white, somewhat waxy crystalline substance obtained by steam distillation from plant materials of the Cinnamomum genus. Native traditionally to Southeastern Asian, this relative to Cinnamon is now found naturalized in many other sub-tropical regions throughout the world. Camphor quickly vaporizes when heated upon a hot charcoal. The smoke produced by camphor can be quite harsh, thus it is often recommended to be used heated indirectly or just left out in the open. The aroma has a strong cool menthol characteristic that leaves the sinuses clear. Laurel Camphor is not to be confused with Kapur (aka. Borneo Camphor), which has a similar aroma with also an underlying pungent quality. Camphor has been used as an incense, cooking spice, medicine, aphrodisiac, and insect repellant since ancient times in China. We do NOT recommend using Camphor internally due to the fact that some sources list it as a toxin. Please seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner before doing so. Camphor is associated with the Water element and the Moon is thought to be its celestial body.
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Plantae Angiosperms Lauraceae Cinnamomum camphora
Cinnamomum camphora is native to southern China, Korea, southern Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Common English: Camphor, Camphor Tree, Japanese Camphor
Latin tongues: Albero della Canfora (Italian), Alcanfor (Spanish), Alcanforero (Spanish), Arbol del alcanfor (Spanish), Arvore da camphora (Portuguese), Camphre (French), Camphrier (French), Canfora (Italian), Canforo (Italian),Lauro Canforo (Italian)
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