According to WebMD, camphor is used for medicinal purposes including relief from coughing, skin irritation and pain from insect bites and minor burns. Camphor should not be used on broken skin or ingested. Usage for camphor products varies, so read labels carefully.Know More
Camphor relieves coughing when applied to the chest and can be found in Vicks VapoRub and BENGAY. It is also a topical treatment for toenail fungal infections, warts and cold sores. Other known uses include treating respiratory and heart disease symptoms. Since the 1980s, camphorated oil is no longer available for purchase in the United States because of safety concerns due to its high percentage of camphor; however, it is available on the Canadian market. Camphor is manufactured from turpentine oil; camphor-related products should not be heated on a stove or in a microwave because the product can be explosive, according to WebMD.
Camphor is a waxy solid and white in color; it has a pungent odor. According to Reference.com, camphor is also used as a moth repellent, for embalming purposes and for fireworks. At one time, camphor was derived from camphor trees in China, Japan and Taiwan, but camphor's low availability and high demand required an alternate source of turpentine oil.Learn more about Botany
Witch hazel is used topically to remedy minor skin ailments, such as sunburn, acne, burns, insect bites and varicose veins and has been used to treat fever. Witch hazel also has an astringent and toner affect on the skin due to the tannins it contains, and some also find it to be a useful sunscreen. Some use witch hazel internally for diarrhea, colds and cancer, which may be risky.Full Answer >
Lidocaine ointment is an anesthetic used to relieve pain temporarily in the mouth or throat as well as pain and itching associated with minor cuts and bruises, sunburn or insect bites, according to Drugs.com. It works by preventing pain impulses from reaching the brain.Full Answer >
The tulsi plant reduces fever, relieves coughs and sore throats, and treats respiratory, skin, eye, teeth and heart disorders as well as headaches and insect bites, according to About.com. Hindus worship tulsi or holy basil both morning and evening and use it as an herbal remedy for many ailments.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, Caladryl lotion is a topical medication commonly used to treat itching skin caused by insect bites, as well as rashes caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac. It also helps relieve pain caused by minor burns and minor skin irritations. Caladryl is a combination of calamine lotion and diphenhydramine. WebMD explains that calamine helps to relieve oozing and weeping caused by rashes, while diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that relieves itching.Full Answer >