Camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora (L.); Ethnobotany and pharmacological updates

Authors

  • Ravindra B. Malabadi
  • Kiran P. Kolkar
  • Neelambika T. Meti
  • Raju K. Chalannavar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51248/.v41i2.779

Keywords:

Antiviral, camphor, herbal medicine, skin disease, poisonous tree, traditional medicine

Abstract

This review paper highlights the recent updates of the fragrant camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora) and camphor oil is used as a medicine for controlling many human diseases, relief of pain, inflammation and irritation in the body and skin. It can also be very effective in treating and preventing some serious, life threatening diseases. Recently medicinal plants (sweet worm wood; Artemisia annua) containing camphor essential oil has been tested against corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) disease (Covid-19). Commercially, camphor is very important with many biological properties and is used as a topical ointment since camphor is a very toxic substance and oral consumption of camphor should be avoided.

Author Biographies

Ravindra B. Malabadi

Department of Applied Botany, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574199, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Kiran P. Kolkar

Department of Botany, Karnatak Science College, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Neelambika T. Meti

Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of IT and Biotechnology, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune-Satara Road, Katraj, Pune, 411046, Maharashtra, India

Raju K. Chalannavar

Department of Applied Botany, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri 574199, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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2021-07-07

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Malabadi RB, Kolkar KP, Meti NT, Chalannavar RK. Camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora (L.); Ethnobotany and pharmacological updates. Biomedicine [Internet]. 2021Jul.7 [cited 2021Jul.24];41(2):181-4. Available from: https://biomedicineonline.org/index.php/home/article/view/779