Aroma: Strong musty fir needles, woodlands
Vaporizes At: 318ºF (159ºC)
Potential Effects: lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
Potential Medical Value: topical for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis
Also Found in: turpentine, camphor oil, citronella oil and ginger oil
Camphene is a minor component of many essential oils such as turpentine, camphor oil, citronella oil and ginger oil. The smell of camphene is fir needles, musky earth, and damp woodlands. It is used as a food additive for flavoring, and also used in the preparation of fragrances. Camphene has great potential in medicine. When mixed with vitamin C, it becomes a powerful antioxidant and it is widely used in conventional medicine as a topical for skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Its greatest potential, however, lies in its ability to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which are connected to many cardiovascular diseases.