The Power of Camphor
Aum Namah Shivaya........
Camphor is a small white crystalline substance used commonly in India and South East Asia. Also known as karpooram or kapoor, its burning is essential to any Hindu aarti ritual. There are some important spiritual reasons for its use in Hinduism and even a few scientific ones.
Spiritual And Scientific Benefits Of Camphor
1. The burning of camphor is symbolic of the destruction of human ego. When it is burned it slowly disappears without leaving any residue
2. The fumes of burning camphor purify the air and inhaling it can be beneficial.
3. Camphor can also purify the homes of devotees and drive away evil spirits and negative energy.
4. From a scientific viewpoint it can effectively kill germs and keep mosquitoes away.
5. Smelling camphor fumes can be beneficial for people suffering from sthma, typhoid and measles.
6. It also has the ability to give temporary relief to those who are afflicted by epilepsy, hysteria and rheumatism.
7. Camphor and camphor oil is also burnt in other cultures for similar reasons as it has many spiritual benefits.
Camphor is a transparent waxy crystalline material that has a strong pungent aroma. In French it is known as camphre, in Latin as camfora, in Arabic as kafur, and in Sanskrit or Hindi, we know it as karpura.
Camphor is widely used in Hindu religious ceremonies. as Hindus worship the holy flame by burning camphor. Burning of camphor symbolises union with God — just as the camphor burns itself out without leaving any residue, so does burning one’s ego in the fire of true knowledge will lead them to complete union with God.
According to the ancient Indian traditional systems of healing, camphor purifies the air and inhaling that air has numerous medicinal benefits. Camphor products are used to relieve pain and reduce itching. It has also been used to treat fungal infections and minor burns.
In the modern time, camphor is also available in the form of essential oil meant for aromatherapy and is an active ingredient in nasal, chest and muscular ointments. People who know its benefits, use camphor as moth and insect repellent too.
One of the biggest uses of camphor is to remove negativities. The following rituals can be performed using camphor if you feel an evil eye has impacted a person or a home.
Burn camphor every morning and evening in the aroma oil dispenser or a camphor lamp so that the fragrance should reach all corners of the house or office. At times, there are huge deposits of soot on the outside of the bowl in which we burn the camphor. It is said that this is the negative energy which is now burnt.
To remove your own negative thoughts, one can light fire in a small vessel, take camphor in right hand and rotate it thrice in clockwise direction over the face and head. Feel all the negative vibrations, thoughts and energy absorbed by camphor. Put the camphor in the burning fire until it extinguishes.
Place a bowl of vinegar and add a square of camphor into it. Leave the bowl in every room that needs cleansing. Replace them everyday for 40 days, all negative energies in the space will be cleared
Light a camphor tablet, ask the person whose evil eye impact has to be removed to stand facing east. Hold this lighted camphor and do three or nine clockwise and then three or nine anti-clockwise hand movements, one up and down movement in front of him/her. Then hold the pointer finger over the black portion of the flame. Put a tilak on the forehead and stomach of the healer and keep this burning camphor away and wash the healer’s hands, feet and eyes with fresh water.
Ayurvedic Names: Sanskrit-Kapoor, Ghausar, Himavalka
Hindi: Kapoor, Karpura,
International Names: English-Borneo camphor French-Camphre, German-Kampher-Persian- Kafu, Kafur, Kafoor Arabic-Kafoor.
History: India is the biggest user of camphor. It is a part of their Religious activities. In Hindu temples during the worship of god, various rituals has been conducted at the end camphor has been burned and offered to God with Prayers to conclude the worship. It was mainly imported by Indians from China, Japan & Subcortical Countries. It has been used in Ayurveda dating back to 5000 years mainly used as an germ killer. It is internally used for infectious diseases as well as externally on the skin, mixed with other material for infections.
Habitat: (a) Indigenos to Bornio. It is Commercially grown in China, Formosa, Sumatra, Medagaskar, Sri-Lanka, India and other subtropical countries. (b) It is a tree, grows fast in subtropical regions lives for hundreds of years. Camphor has been extracted from those trees which are about 50 or more years old and able to face mutilation.
Part used for oil : Whole tree but mainly chipping of the upper part of the stem has been done so that the tree can exist & produce more.
Source and Methods of getting oil: Chips of the stem of the tree has been mixed with water and left for few days, after that boiled in big tubs. The camphor resin comes out from the wood due to heat and float on the surface of the water it has been collected. It becomes solid when cools down. For getting essential oil camphor resin has been steam distilled again.
Constituents of the oil: Alcohol, Borneol, Pinene Camphene, Dipentene, Ketone, Camphor, Terpenes, Safrole
Action: Antiseptic, Diaphoretic, Stimulant, Antispasmodic internally expectorant, sedative, narcotic, Carminative, aphrodisiac
Aroma of the oil: It has a mixed bitter and pungent aroma with a strong penetrating odor. It is extremely volatile and has its own peculiar fragrance indicating camphor.
Uses in Ayurveda:
• Camphor has been burned to purify the atmosphere. It is an excellent Germ Killer. Hindus burn it at the end of their Rituals like fire sacrifice, worship of the God during auspicious ceremonies like marriage, birth of child etc. It is extremely volatile. It burns with much smoke & Bright redish light. Hindus bring Burning lamp of camphor near them and by their both hands push its smoke towards them and smell it. It is also considered as a ghost Buster perfume. It is believed by Hindus that camphor has hotter, pungent and penetrating aroma. It is so strong as well as powerful that it drives away evil forces such as ghosts, daemons, evil spirits and negativity from the atmosphere as well as places where it has been used. Scientifically speaking, drives away flies, mosquitos, and all kind of bugs from the place as well as Kills germs found in the atmosphere. As it produces very thick Dark smoke. Western people may not like it to burn it this way. Which Indians do not care, due to their spiritual belief. Best way to burn in the west is to burn its oil in the perfume lamps in the Room to purify the atmosphere and to drive away evil forces, lives in the Room.
Useful in all kinds of fevers like Measles, Typhoid, whooping cough, spasmodic Asthma, hiccup. In cases of hysteria, hymphomania, epilepsy. Its use has been proven effective. Also useful in dysmenorrhoea, acute rheumatism etc.
•In case of toothache, its use has been recommended useful. In diarrhoea collic pain, food poisoning and several digestive system infections. Useful in eczema of the genitals. It is a powerful stimulant for digestive, circulatory and nervous systems. Gives stimulation to the heart muscles, helps in mental depressions due to sudden shocks. It should always be taken only in moderation. Excess use may cause nausea, womating convulsions etc.
Om Namah Shivaya