Golly Gee Gomer – Camphor Essential Oil Use

Ever Wonder About Camphor Essential Oil Use?

In 1964 “Gomer Pyle, USMC,” was one of the most popular shows on television in which Jim Neighbors played the dolting Gomer Pyle. In the episode entitled “Sergeant of the Week,” which premiered on 12/25/1964, Gomer gets a cold and uses Camphor balls to relieve the symptoms. We giggle at the silliness of watching Gomer hang camphor around his neck, yet his homestyle remedy still works today with essential oil.

One minister shared a similar story of how she used camphor when one of her children would catch a cold. She said it was the first thing she reached for.

Some of the therapeutic properties of Camphor oil include: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, cardiac, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant and vulnerary. Camphor oil can be used in the treatment of nervous depression, acne, inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism, bronchitis, coughs, colds, fever, flu and infectious diseases. It is a well-known preventive of moths and other insects.

Camphor oil has a strong, penetrating, fragrant odor. It was used as a remedy against the plague in Persia (now Iran) and was also used in embalming. Camphor wood was excellent for shipbuilding by the Chinese because of the woods durable and aromatic properties.

The trees growing this pale yellow thin oil are indigenous to China and Japan and must be at least 50 years old in order to produce oil. The Cinnamomum camphora tree can grow up to 100 feet and live for a thousand years. It is a multi-branched evergreen, which has white flowers and produces a fruit of red berries like cinnamon.

Other uses for Camphor include relieving the pain of arthritis in a bath. Run a hot bath and add 3 drops of Camphor oil just before getting in to the bath tub and soak 15-20 minutes.

To make a Spirit of Camphor for bruises, sprains, muscle spasms, aches and pain because of its antispasmodic quality. Use 3 drops for 1 oz. Pure grain alcohol and store in a spray bottle and spray on affected area up to 6 times daily.

This Spirit of Camphor can also be used as a Tincture for minor skin wounds and tissue regeneration. Add Rose Water and Lavender to the Spirit of Camphor in a glass for storage. Shake well before using. To use apply 15-20 drops on a cotton ball, dabbing gently and use four times a day until would heals.

Recipe for Spirit of Camphor Balm

  • 1oz. of olive oil,
  • 2 one inch cubes of bees wax
  • 2-5 drops of camphor
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
Warm olive in sauce pan and add wax, stirring gently until wax is fully melted. Remove from heat and add peppermint and camphor. Pour balm into a glass container, don’t cover until cool and then rub on chest to relieve congestion. Mixture will store for one year.