Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora
Plant Part: Twigs and Bark
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Product Description: Cinnamomum camphora is a large evergreen tree that grows up to 20–30 m tall. It is a member of the laurel family, grown in eastern Asia and yielding camphor. Camphor laurel has six different chemical variants called chemotypes, which are camphor, linalool, cineole, nerolidol, safrole, or borneol. The fruit is a small, globose, fleshy berry, less than 1 cm (0.25 to 0.5 in) in diameter, that ripens to purple black and is partly surrounded by a cup-like perianth (developed from the outer parts of the flower). The whole plant has a strong scent from the camphor oil, an aromatic terpenoid compound, which occurs in the bark, twigs, and leaves.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.