Camphor has been used in Hindu homes for generations as part of their spiritual practice. Understanding the spiritual purpose of its use from my grandparents, I have long since incorporated it into my own spiritual practice. The video below helps to explain my connection and use of this amazing gift of the earth.
That said…. Before I share the video, I wanted to provide this disclaimer and warning:
Camphor used to be made by distilling the bark and wood of the camphor (kapur) tree. Because it can only be harvested from trees over 50 years old, most of the camphor you find available today, is chemically manufactured from turpentine oil. If you cannot get true camphor, I highly recommend not using it. Turpentine is toxic, but, camphor can be as well.
Therefore, before posting the benefits of pure camphor, I wish to stress that you should NOT use it for health OR spiritual practice without confirming the nature/source of the camphor. In addition you should check with your doctor. If you have respiratory issues, suffer from seizers, or other ailments, it is advised that you do not use this product in any form, including incenses.
It’s medicinal properties, are lesser known. The partial list is provided below from the following website. After which I have included my video explaining my spiritual use of Camphor.
- Digestive problems: People who suffer from frequent gas problems can get relief after consuming edible camphor called ‘Pachai karpooram’ in Tamil, which is derived directly from the tree. Camphor can also help one in preventing or treating digestive problems like diarrhea or gastroenteritis.
- Inflammation: Camphor has immense anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an amazing addition in ointments and oils. Some common skin problems that can be treated with camphor include acne or pimples.
- Relief from spasms: Camphor is an effective anti-spasmodic, which means that it helps a person experiencing spasms to get instant relief upon application. Camphor is effective in curing even the most extreme form of spasmodic cholera.
- Common cold and flu: The distinct scent of the camphor helps ease nasal congestions and trigger an open and smooth airflow.
- Boosts libido: Camphor is an aphrodisiac that when consumed or inhaled, boosts one’s libido by arousing those parts of the brain that are responsible for sexual urges and desires.