In the view of many people, camphor - that's what our grandmothers protected the clothes from moths or something medical. Camphor actually used in medicine, but also in cosmetics. And do not get it chemically and from the plant Cinnamomum.
- Eternally green tree from the laurel family. Sometimes it is called - Laurel camphor.
Camphor tree grows up to 30-50 meters in height and has up to 5 meters in diameter. His branched, gnarled trunk covered with long vertical cracks.
The leaves are smooth, waxy, with three veins and numerous translucent dots. It drops of essential oil.
Inconspicuous, small, greenish-white or yellow flowers are collected in paniculate inflorescences on a long stalk. Cinnamomum camphor blooms from July until late autumn.
Fruits - drupe, red or purplish-black, up to 1 cm in diameter, in appearance like a blackberry. They ripen in November.
Cinnamomum camphor allocates a white crystalline substance called camphor. Camphor grows in China, Japan, Taiwan, North East Africa, South of the Arabian Peninsula on the island of Madagascar.
Cultivated in Africa, South America, Southern Europe, India, Ceylon, Egypt, Madagascar, on the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus.
Unfortunately, the camphor tree is very sensitive to lower temperatures and are killed already at -1S.
In medicine and cosmetology is used aerial part of flowering plant.
Crude camphor trees were collected. The aromatic oil is obtained by steam distillation of wood, roots and twigs.
Camphor has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, diuretic and expectorant.
The essential oil of camphor has soothing properties. It is inhaled with nervousness, depression, irritability, insomnia.
Camphor is used as a protective agent against infections, bronchitis and colds, in disorders of the nervous and respiratory systems, and cardiac arrest.
Camphor improves blood circulation, it is used topically for arthritis, muscle pains, rheumatism, sprains.
This is best suited
- A 10% solution of camphor in sunflower oil.
It is also used
- 10 g camphor 54 g of medical vaseline and 8 g of paraffin medical and 28 g anhydrous lanolin.
- 10 g of camphor and alcohol 90% 70 ml, water to 100 ml. Used as an antiseptic and a mild local anesthetic.
Camphor can not be used in epilepsy and tendency to convulsions. In large doses, camphor is poisonous.
Camphor is added to the means of rubbing and stimulation of blood circulation, warming cream for athletes.
At home, white camphor is used for skin care.
100 ml of alcohol camphor, 50 grams of vodka, 2 tablespoons. tablespoons lemon juice, 2 egg yolks and 1 cup of water. All mix well. Keep refrigerated. Use to soften and cleanse the skin.
Mask for oily skin
Beat 1 egg protein with 3-4 drops of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of honey, add 10 drops of camphor alcohol, mix well. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. This mask is good pores and dries the skin.
The mask for dry skin
1 tbsp. spoonful of soft cottage cheese mixed with 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of camphor alcohol, stir well and apply on face for 15 minutes.
Rinse with water at room temperature and rinse your face with cool black tea infusion.
To save the density and color of eyebrows
1 teaspoon of flax oil mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil and 5 drops of camphor oil. Mix well and lubricate the eyebrows.