Camphor: Medicinal plant with antiseptic action, in fact the distilled extract of camphor wood is used to treat rheumatic and respiratory diseases. It is usually found in the form of a cream, lotion or ointment.


English name: Camphor tree, camphor tree, camphor (camphor is actually a molecule contained in camphor tree)
Binomial name: Cinnamomum camphora
French name: Camphrier , arbre à camphre, camphre
English name: camphor tree
German name: Kampferbaum
Italian name: cinnamomum camphora
Spanish name: Alcanforero




Aromatic essence or essential oil: camphor, safrole and terpineol.

parts used

Wood from the branches and stem (camphor can be extracted by distillation of the wood of the camphor tree – camphor tree)


Antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic, antiviral (ravintsara essential oil in particular)


External use (e.g. ointment, essential oil)

– Rheumatism: arthritis and neuralgia

– Bronchitis and cough (rubbing across the chest area)

Important note: use internally (by mouth) is not recommended unless prescribed by the doctor (for ravinstsara, species native to Madagascar, oral ingestion of essential oil is possible)

Secundary effects

Plant allergy.


In young children (less than 30 months), under open wounds and burns.

Its intake is not recommended (read more in interesting notes).


None known.


– Ointments, creams and lotions

– Essential oil

Where does the camphor tree grow?

The camphor tree is native to Asia, especially China, Taiwan and Japan. Today it can be found in other continents such as Asia. In Madagascar, it is called ravintsara camphor.

When to harvest?

According to our information, it is possible to harvest the wood throughout the year (we remind you that this is due to an extraction by distillation of camphor wood, to obtain camphor).

Interesting Observations

Camphor is a plant with a strong history, Marco Paulo (famous Italian merchant born in 1254 in Venice) mentions in his time the use of camphor as a medicinal plant and as a perfume, especially in China. The Chinese have also used it for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine.

In pharmacy, camphor is involved in various preparations as an ointment or lotion for the treatment of rheumatism and bronchitis. The pharmacist can prepare herbal medicines based on camphor.

Ravintsara, the name of camphor acclimatized in Madagascar, is well used in aromatherapy as essential oils. The indications are more or less the same as the camphor that grows in Asia and therefore particularly against respiratory diseases (colds, bronchitis) or against the flu with a potent antiviral effect. It is interesting to note that ravintsara essential oils do not contain camphor, the risk of allergy is lower.

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