CAMVEDA STORY

Amalgamation of Camphor & Vedic Healing

The use of Camphor dates back to centuries ago in India when it was used as an offering to Deities by burning it. In Hinduism camphor has been used to perform ‘Karpoora Aarthi’ which started in ancient times and continues to this day in the modern times.   

The Chinese referred to it as ‘Dragon’s Brain perfume’ due to its pungent and portentous aroma and was used as an ingredient in one of the earliest known recipes of ice-cream in ancient China.

While the Arabs used Camphor as a common ingredient in perfume, the Europeans from the medieval era used it as an ingredient in sweets. It was also used as a fumigant during the era of the Black Death or bubonic plague in Europe.

 

In embalming, camphor oil was one of the ingredients used by ancient Egyptians for mummification.

Camphor is extracted from the bark and wood of a tree known as Camphor Laurel (Cinnamomum camphora) and other trees from the laurel family and the shrub known as Camphor Basil. 

Chemists have found new methods of synthesizing camphor from other compounds such as oil of turpentine. Camphor is a waxy, white, or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odour. Chemically, it is classified as a terpenoid, and its chemical formula is C10H16O.

Camphor is used in a wide variety of applications ranging from religious to therapeutic to chemical. Available as ‘karpoor’ in India households, it is used for performing pooja aarti. Inhaling its lingering aroma marks the culmination of prayer sessions. 

Camphor also acts as a repellent against insects helping keep the surroundings safe and clean. Placing it in the corners of your room prevents mosquitoes. Ever since the birth of Ayurveda, Camphor has been used for medicinal and healing purposes. It has been proved to be effective against cough, pain, and skin irritation. Besides, Camphor has many other therapeutic uses. 

Camphor has shown positive results in the case of acnes, scars, and hair related problems. One of the main benefits of Camphor is for refreshing and rejuvenating the environment. Aroma effect of Camphor transforms the atmosphere and spreads a positive vibe.

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