Camphor is a waxy, flammable, white or transparent solid with a strong aroma. Camphor can be synthetically produced from oil of turpentine. It is used for its scent, as an ingredient in cooking, as an embalming fluid, for medicinal purposes, and in religious ceremonies. Camphor can be readily absorbed through the skin, producing either a coolness or warmth sensation, and acts as slight local anesthetic and antimicrobial substance. Camphor is an active ingredient (along with menthol) in vapor-steam products, such as Vicks VapoRub. It is used as a cough suppressant and as a decongestant. Camphor may also be administered orally in small quantities (50 mg) for minor heart symptoms and fatigue.
Widely used in industry such as plasticity agent of plastics, and additives of celluloid and table-tennis. Used in medicine such as central nervous excitant, preseivation and antiinsert.