Camphor - Alcanfor
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Description and Introduction
Evergreen, arching vase, spreading form; dense canopy
Large (Height: 50 - 90'; spread: 50+').
Smooth, ovate-elliptical, pink, red or bronze when young.
Drops foliage heavily in March, immediately regrows.
Bark black in rain.
Strong smelling yellow flowers in May, black berries in May.
The Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora), also known as
is an exotic that has been widely cultivated for more than a century
as a shade and ornamental tree in Florida and elsewhere.
This is the aromatic tree from which camphor was derived
(used in medicines and mothballs),
until camphor oil began to be made artificially in the 1920s.
The camphor quickly grows into a good-looking shade tree
which is frequented by berry-eating birds.
Camphor laurel is native to China and Japan
where it has been commercially used for its timber
and essential oils for hundreds of years.
Introduction to Alcanfor
Alcanfor or Camphor is a white, hot, crystalline solid
that is obtained from the boiled and crushed branches, trunk
and roots from the camphor tree.
It is soluble in alcohol, olive oil but not water.
Alcanfor - Camphor Link
Alcamfor Properties Favored by Aztec's.
Useful in relieving pain originating from
bumps, sprains, twists, contusions, rheumatism,gout and back pain.
Aztec's Method of Use.
Dissolve a little piece of Alcamfor
(about the size of a garbanzo bean)
in 1/2 liter of 90 proof alcohol or olive oil then
rub vigorously on the affected area.
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