Here are some skin, hair and health benefits of camphor:1. Relieves Pain and SwellingOn 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.
2. Alleviates Skin RashesAnother 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.How to use: Just dissolve the camphor oil in water and apply it on the affected area for a few days.3. Treatment of Nail FungusNail 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. However, it is effective against onychomycosis caused by Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Candida parapsilosis, which are species of fungi.
4. Used to Treat EczemaCamphor can be used to treat irritated symptoms of eczema in kids and adults. Camphor helps in relieving the pain and inflammation, which is a symptom of eczema. Camphor is also found in many lotions and ointment treatments of eczema.5. Helps Induce SleepFragrance of camphor oil has a calming effect on the mind and brings a good night’s sleep.How to use: Few drops of the oil can be rubbed on the pillow to induce sleep.
6. Treats Cold and CoughCamphor helps in treating cold and cough and relieves throat congestion. Camphor oil is an ingredient of many vaporub and decongestants.How to use: Rub some on your chest and back and let it work its magic.
7. Promotes Hair GrowthLess hair on the scalp is a nightmare. This could result due to a number of factors, such as improper hair care routine and spending lots and lots of money on chemical loaded hair care products. So, here’s a solution to the problem - use camphor oil. Application of camphor oil on the hair makes it soft and boosts hair growth.How to use: Mix camphor oil to your regular oil and apply it on the scalp. This will stimulate blood flow to the applied area and promote hair growth. 8. Home Remedy for Head LiceCamphor oil mixed in bathing water is used for the treatment of Pediculosis capitis or head lice.How to use: Mix powdered camphor tablet in coconut oil and apply it evenly on scalp and hair before going to bed. Wash your hair with shampoo and say goodbye to lice. This is because camphor powder suffocates the lice and hence kills them.
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