Camphor essential oil

NZ $9.50

100% pure


Essential Oils: C


Camphor essential oil


Cinnamomum camphora




Clear to pale yellow liquid


Strong, penetrating, camphorous

Plant part used


Extraction method

Steam distillation






Oil and alcohol

Usage rate

Skincare : 0.1 - 1%
Soapmaking: 1 - 3 %



Blends well with

Basil, cajeput, chamomile, lavender, rosemary



Palm oil


Animal tested


Description: The camphor tree can grow up to 35 metres and camphor is found in every part of the tree. It is an evergreen tree looking not unlike linden. It grows to a great size and has many branches, white flowers, and its fruit a red berry much like cinnamon. Camphor oil is extracted by steam from the chipped wood, root stumps and branches. It is then rectified under vacuum and filter pressed. White camphor oil is the first distillation fraction.

History: In China and Japan, Cinnamomum camphora can often grow as old as 1000 years. To produce oil it must be at least 50 years old. Camphor was well known as a remedy against the plague in Persia (now Iran). It was also used in embalming. The Chinese used camphor wood to build ships and temples because of the wood's durable and aromatic properties.

Aromatic scent: It has a light consistency and strong aroma.

Aromatherapy: The strong, invigorating scent of camphor essential oil is often used in aromatherapy to create an uplifting and refreshing atmosphere. Inhaling its aroma can help clear the mind, promote mental clarity, and reduce feelings of anxiety or stress.

Insect repellent: Camphor essential oil is known for its strong scent that can be unpleasant for insects. It's often used as a natural insect repellent to keep pests like mosquitoes, flies, and moths away from living spaces. Placing camphor oil in diffusers, vaporizers, or sachets can help deter insects.

Air freshener: The fresh and invigorating scent of camphor oil makes it a popular choice for homemade air fresheners and room sprays. Its pleasant aroma can help eliminate odours and create a clean and revitalising environment.

Cleaning and disinfecting: Camphor oil's antimicrobial properties are sometimes utilised for cleaning purposes. Adding a few drops of camphor oil to natural cleaning solutions can potentially help disinfect surfaces and freshen the air in your home.

Moth repellent: Camphor essential oil is commonly used to protect clothing and other items from moth damage. Placing camphor blocks or sachets infused with camphor oil in closets and storage areas can help prevent moth infestations.

Respiratory support: Camphor oil's strong aroma can provide a perceived sense of respiratory relief even when not used as a direct treatment. Inhaling the scent can create a sensation of clear breathing.

Cultural uses: In some cultures, camphor has symbolic significance and is used in religious rituals, ceremonies, and traditional practices. Its aroma is believed to purify spaces and ward off negative energies.

Safety data: Camphor oil is powerful oil and should be used with care. Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Pregnant women or people suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.

Safety data: Avoid during pregnancy; skin irritant (dilute before using externally); may trigger epileptic seizures in susceptible individuals.

Packaging - See our blog on our commitment to sustainable packaging.
Our essential oils come in amber glass bottles with dripulator caps:
5ml and 20ml with an 18 neck dripulator cap, either white or black, depending on stock availability.
30ml, 50ml, 100ml, 250ml, with a 28 neck white dripulator cap (except for oils that are too thick for a dripulator, which have a black open pour cap).
500g and 1kg options come in an aluminium bottle; 5L comes in a plastic jerrycan.
If you need precise drops for your products we suggest you buy our 5ml or 20ml dropper bottles and transfer the oils or buy our disposable or glass pipettes

Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only.
It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.

All our products are for external use only.
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