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Camphor (Kapur)

Also known as-

Latin : Cinnamomum camphora

English : Camphor tree

Sanskrit : Karpurah

Hindi : Kapur

Marathi : Kapura

Tamil : Karpuram

Telugu : Paccakarpuram

Malayalam : Cutakrpuram

Kannada : Karpura

How it looks—An attractive, thickly branched evergreen tall tree, it is adorned by yellowish-white flowers and bears dark green fruits which turn dark brown on ripening. Camphor is the oil distilled mainly from the cells of the leaves and stem.

What we use—Deposits in the oil cells (camphor)

What it does—It is aromatic, skin and cardiac stimulant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac and expectorant.

How we use it—

In wounds—Camphor is powdered, pasted in ghee and applied over the affected area to relieve pain and inflammation.

In joint pains—Heat sesame oil, remove from stove and add a few pieces of camphor to make an effective application on painful joints. In cold places, mustard oil may be used instead of sesame oil.

In muscle cramps—An ointment can be made of camphor and sesame oil and applied to relieve from cramps.

In toothaches—Hold a piece of cotton soaked in camphor oil between teeth to numb ache, or you could press camphor and pepper powder on the tooth.

In common cold—It is used as a smelling salt in bouts of cold. Put a few drops on a hanky and sniff to clear stuffy nose.

In burning sensation—Powdered camphor is dissolved in bath water. Sandal pastes may be added to enhance the effect.

In burns—Powdered camphor in oil make a highly healing application over burns.

 


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