Welcome back to #TerpeneTuesday!
Today we’re talking a little about Camphor!
We always have tons of fun researching terpenes for #TerpeneTuesdays, and sometimes we find conflicting information. For example – Camphors scent.
We found several conflicting descriptions and the end result was a terpene that is pleasant-smelling, but smells of mothballs and Vicks Vaporub! I suppose we can gather that Camphor must have a minty type scent.
Camphor is typically used in skin lotions and oral ayurvedic (indian alternative) medicines. Many of the most common types of ailments treated in ayurvedic medicine using Camphor are analgesic (pain relief), abortifacent (contraceptive), aphrodisiac (libido), antiseptic (disinfectant), and antipruritic (itch relief). Camphor also has anti-inflammatory properties and is used as an insect repellent.
Camphors medicinal history dates back to early China. The Chinese would use Camphor to embalm bodies and manufacture pigment for use as ink. In Medieval times, Camphor crystalline or powder bags were worn to defend from illness.
Modern medicine is less fun but far more effective. Today we use camphor as an active ingredient in a variety of nasal decongestants and chest rubs. Camphor makes for a wonderful anti-spasmodic and decongestant.
Curious what strains might be high in Camphor? Look for strains that smell slightly minty. Durban Poison was listed as a well known Camphor rich strain in addition to Mendocino Purps – which I personally have never heard of.