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Originating from Japan, Vietnam and China, camphor oil is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the evergreen camphor tree, once the tree has reached 50 years old. It’s only then, that it’s able to produce the waxy substance that camphor oil is made from. This is then steam distilled to make camphor oil.

Camphor has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and brain when it’s inhaled. It can be used to help relieve headaches and clear the mind. Added to hot water as a steam bath, camphor helps sooth the symptoms of coughs, colds, congestion and asthma.

It also has antispasmodic properties which means it can help relieve cramps and spasms brought on by menstruation or digestive issues. Camphor can also help soothe the joint and muscle pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

When applied to the scalp, camphor can help stimulate hair growth. It’s also an effective natural remedy for treating head lice.

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