Latin Name: Cinnamomum camphors
Plant Family: Lauraceae
Extraction: Distillation of the Wood, Root, Branches
Distilled from the wood, root stumps and branches, White camphor has a sharp pungent aroma.
Having three types of oil White is the lightest oil and is a colourless to pale yellow liquid with a sharp pungent camphoraceous odour, brown is the middle fraction and yellow - a blue-green yellow liquid is the heaviest.
Growing up to 30 meters high, this evergreen is not unlike the linden. It has many branches bearing clusters of small white flowers followed by red berries. It produces a white crystalline substance, the crude camphor, from the wood of mature trees of over 50 years old. There are many different species of Camphor, the ho-sho variety produces ho wood oil, the Chinese variety produces apopin oil.