Surprising Skin, Hair And Health Benefits Of Camphor Oil You Didn't Know

By Ojasvee Last Updated: Feb 3, 2017 | 12:13:47 IST

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With its irresistible aroma and various health benefits, camphor, commonly known as kapur, has been an integral part of the Ayurveda since time immemorial. Major beauty brands and pharmaceutical plants use camphor as one of the main ingredients in their products. The essential oil extracted from camphor tree has healing properties in abundance along with many other benefits. With this single ingredient, you can keep all your health worries at bay.

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Camphor is available in the form of small cubes and as oil. Read how beneficial would camphor be if you add it to your daily routine!

Skin benefits

#1. Treatment of pimples and acne


Irrespective of our age, gender or race; fighting with acne and scars has been a universal problem. In the desperation to get rid of these dermal conditions, we frivolously spend oodles to buy over hyped creams and serums. The use of camphor oil can beat all of these so-called acclaimed products. Use it and you would be able to get permanent freedom from scars, pimples and acne.

#2. Helps getting rid of itching and irritation

Camphor has anti-bacterial properties and this compound can activate the nerve endings, rendering relief to an itchy and irritated skin. It has a soothing effect which calms the tissues. It is also very effective in dealing with redness caused due to scratching.


#3. Soothes cracked heels

If you have been crying over your cracked heels, camphor could be your saviour. Give yourself a pedicure at home. Soak your feet in a solution of camphor oil and water for a little while, scrub off the dead skin and wash your feet with water. Apply a moisturiser and your cracked heels will be miraculously healed.

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#4. Removes scars

No, this isn't another one of those fake promises. Camphor can actually help you getting rid of the burnt skin or any other permanent scars. Apply a small amount of camphor dissolved in water on your scars. With regular use, you will see them getting lighter. The only precaution to take is to not apply it, when the scars are new as it can cause inflammation.


#5. No more fungal infections

For those who catch fungal infections as soon as the weather changes, camphor can be a blessing. You can apply a mixture of camphor and water on the affected area or even soak that area in the same solution. You will get the relief within a day or two!

Hair benefits

Never apply camphor or camphor oil directly to your scalp. Always use a carrier like coconut oil, olive oil or yoghurt and apply that mixture.


#1. Strengthens hair

Camphor can strengthen your roots with proper use. Mix some camphor oil with fresh yoghurt and apply it on your scalp. Within a few washes, you will notice the difference.

#2. Treats dandruff


Dandruff can make anyone go crazy. An itchy and flaky scalp is neither good to look at nor comfortable to have. For those who are just pissed off with dandruff should give camphor a try. A nice massage of this essential oil will tackle your dandruff.

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#3. Promotes hair growth


Camphor increases the blood circulation which in turn promotes hair growth. So, without beating around the bush, add a few drops of camphor oil in your regular oil and massage it into your scalp to increase your hair volume.

#4. Stops hair fall

Stop wasting money on all those expensive cosmetic products. A small bottle of camphor oil is all you need to have for those amazing locks.


Health benefits

#1. Cures muscle pain

Camphor has medicinal properties and is a great cooling agent. When applied to muscles, it transfers its energy to them to ease the pain. It is very good for back pain and all other muscular pains.

#2. Natural vapour rub


Camphor works as a natural vapour rub and can be used for cough and chest congestion. To turn camphor into a vapour rub, heat a small quantity of camphor with coconut oil on low flame. Make sure that it doesn't come in direct contact with fire. Let it cool. Rub it on chest and neck and cover yourself with a blanket before going to bed. 

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#3. Improves bowel movements


Not just blood circulation but circulation in general. Camphor oil can help you with metabolism and indigestion. Just apply a few drops of camphor oil around your naval area and you are good to go.

#4. Prevention from swelling

Camphor oil is an amazing thing. It improves blood circulation which keeps swelling, arthritis, rheumatic and gout away.

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Camphor is one all-rounder oil that everyone must add to their daily routine. All you need to do is use the oil in small quantity for the first time as it can be a little too reactive for some people.