Pharmacology and toxicology
A small amount of camphor applied to the skin has a cooling and local anesthetic effect. Rubbing it in vigorously enhances the circulation to the skin. Because of these effects, camphor and other essential oils arc included in a large number of hyperemia-causing dcrmatological products.
Menthol is used topically for itching. No teratogenic action has, as yet, been observed in either animal or human studies for topical application.
Recommendation. Camphor and other essential oils may be used topi cally during pregnancy.
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You have probably heard the term Aromatherapy and wondered what exactly that funny word, „aromatherapy‟ actually means. It is the use of plant oils in there most essential form to promote both mental and physical well being. The use of the word aroma implies the process of inhaling the scents from these oils into your lungs for therapeutic benefit.