Camphene refers to monoterpene that is usually extracted from plants. It releases a pungent odor that reminds you of damp woodlands and fir needles. The scent is not very pleasant to the nose. Despite its pungent odor, it may play a critical role in cardiovascular disease.
According to the study by Vallianou et al, the administration of camphene in hyperlipidemic rats reduces triglycerides and plasma cholesterol. When one considers the fact that the control of hyperlipidemia is crucial in dealing with heart disease, the importance of this discovery becomes emphasized. Through this study, we now have insight into to how camphene can be administered as an alternative to pharmaceutical lipid lowering agents, which have confirmed to have multiple adverse side effects including liver damage, muscle inflammation, and intestinal problems. This is enough cause for further investigation.
Camphene can be found in the composition of many essential oils such as citronella oil, turpentine, ginger oil and camphor oil. It is also used in food flavoring and the making of fragrances. It is produced through the catalytic isomerization of the more commonplace α-pinene.
What Is Camphene And How Is It Used?
Camphene is a colorless –or white – crystalline solid that has a pungent odor that is camphor-like in its essence. It produces specks of dust and crystals that can be itching to the nose, eyes, and throat. However, it is a substance that dissolves in some general organic solvents, and at room temperature, it can vaporize. This is a common constituent in things like cypress oil, neroli, camphor oil, valerian, ginger oil and citronella oil.
From the commercial angle, it functions as a food additive or as a main ingredient in the making of various fragrances. It closely resembles camphor regarding the odor it emits. Although it is a crystal solid, when it is heated up, the crystals will give off vapors. Camphene has also been used in the production of manmade camphor and various insecticides.
Therapeutically, camphene has many properties, including:
Cytotoxic/Antibiotic Properties – the mixture of eugenol, cineole, and camphene in tulsi oil, produces a substance that can treat fungal, bacterial and viral infections that are proven to affect the respiratory system. This mixture is wonderful in helping to patients cure congestion. It can also be used to treat respiratory disorders as severe bronchitis. Tulsi oil’s active ingredients can be used to address damages to the lungs caused by tuberculosis and smoking-induced cancer.
Even more, camphene found in holy basil can be applied directly to the skin either as paste or oil extract to treat bacterial infection. The extract gives a cooling feeling and can be applied to the irritated skin. It also keeps bugs away if you are an outdoor person.
Antifungal Properties – the addition of camphene and camphor with the sage essential oil produces a substance that can be used for antifungal properties. It can be utilized in the treatment of dermatitis, dysentery, fungal skin infections, and athlete’s foot.
Apart from the ones discussed above, camphene can also be used to treat conditions such as hyperlipidemia and allergies. When mixed with vitamin C, it becomes a powerful antioxidant that soothes nerves and relieves stress. In all, this is an excellent ingredient with many beneficial uses in the natural health world.