Another skin problem faced by many people is rashes that cause redness. Camphor can help in getting rid of rashes and redness when used as topical itch relieving gels.
Nail fungus or onychomycosis may require treatment by oral anti-fungal, but topical preparations like Vaporub containing camphor oil can be added for faster clearing of the fungus.
On the skin it acts as a counter irritant and is therefore used topically to relieve pain and swelling. It causes numbness of sensory nerve endings of skin, thereby reliving pain and inflammation, and preventing skin redness.
Fragrance of camphor oil has a calming effect on the mind and brings a good night’s sleep.
The strong, penetrating aroma of camphor oil is a powerful decongestant. It immediately relieves congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts, and lungs. It is, therefore, used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs.
The cool and aromatic camphor can be used to alleviate skin itching and irritation. There are two types of viable camphor trees that are used to extract camphor. The first is the Common Camphor tree from which the common variety of camphor and camphor oil are extracted. The second variety of camphor tree grows exclusively in Borneo and is known as the Borneo Camphor tree. One of the most peculiar aspects of camphor oil extraction is that it can be achieved only when the tree is 50 years old. This is because there is a particular component in the camphor tree that needs to be activated before the oil can be extracted.