Menthol and Camphor

17 Feb Menthol and Camphor

Menthol and Camphor

Two great additions to a healing practice!  Both make an appearance in our adored herbal compresses.

White Camphor, extracted by vapor distillation from the camphor tree is also known as Kara Boon in Thai.  It is safe only in small amounts due to its extreme stimulating properties.

  • Stimulates the heart
  • Warming agent
  • Diaphoretic (produces perspiration)
  • Slight anti-microbial, anesthetic and anti-itch
  • Draws blood to the surface to detoxify
  • Can be to treat Neuralgia and arthritis

Borneal Camphor, while not a true camphor has still played an important part in ancient medicine. It is derived when crystals are collected from fissures in the trunk of evergreen camphor trees.  It has been said that the Chinese burn camphor incense during funerals and important ceremonies.  This too should be used in small amounts.

  • Thai use to treat nausea from heat and dehydration
  • Treats wounds, sprains
  • Can be used for infectious diseases, nerve pain and nervous exhaustion
  • Aromatherapy for stimulating with its sharp smell


Referred to as Pimsane in Thai this compound is derived from peppermint oil and is used for many things.  It shows up in many lip balms and cough medicines.

  • Local anesthetic
  • Relieves throat irritation
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Cooling
  • Increases blood flow
  • Aids in digestion

Not only are these ingredients used during a Thai Yoga Massage session through herbal compresses but they can be found in other liniments such as: Tiger Balm, Muay Thai liniment and other Thai herbal balms.

Throughout the program at Denver Integrative Massage School these effective compounds will be introduced into sessions as our future practitioners implement them via compresses and liniments, and balms.