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Camphor is a crystalline and translucent terpene ketone with a pleasant odor. Camphor is
predominantly produced from distillation of wood and bark of the camphor tree. Physical
properties of camphor differ depending on the origin, species and growing conditions of
the tree. Camphor is generally whitish or has light shades of different colors including
gray and olive among others. Moreover, camphor can be synthetically produced by
synthesis of turpentine oil derived from rosin, pine wood andkinlieth among others.
Depending on the end user industry, camphor is supplied in the form of powder, oil or as
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Camphor is mainly used for medicinal purposes to treat congestion, cough, and skin
infections among several others. Other applications of camphor include food storage
andas an insecticide among others. A major portion of the global camphor production is
employed for the manufacturing of camphor oil. Camphor oil is a stimulant to treat and
enhance metabolism, digestion and excretion processes. Camphor oil is also used as an
antiseptic, insecticide and germicide among others. Camphor has been approved by the
FDA for several medicinal applications.However, high level of camphor can be toxic and
hence causes several health hazards.
Major end user industries for camphor include pharmaceuticals, food, agriculture and
chemical among several others. High growth in pharmaceutical industry is among the
foremost drivers for camphor market growth and the trend is anticipated to continue
during the forecast period.
Camphor is used in the production of ointments with...