What Are Camphor Tablets?

Meg Scanlon

Camphor is a white substance that comes from the camphor tree native to Taiwan, Japan, Indochina and China. Camphor can be used to repel various types of insects and to kill fleas. Camphor tablets are used by homeowners and others as a low-cost source of bug protection.

Health Risk

Camphor tablets are often used in the home for pest control, but a new study also suggests that these tablets cause seizures in children. According to 2009 research findings at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, camphor around the household may be ingested or absorbed by children.


Camphor tablets are commonly used as a fragrance because of their pleasant smell.


One reason that camphor tablets are purchased to protect homes from bugs is because they are cheap and easy to obtain in the U.S. and other countries. "Science Daily" reports that in the U.S. "camphor products without proper or complete labeling are widely available and commonly used for medicinal, spiritual and aromatic purposes and for pest control."

Expert Insight

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), camphor has also been used to repel other types of bugs, including the Asian beetle.


When homeowners are looking to buy camphor tablets for home bug protection, they will also find synthetic camphor tablets for sale on the Internet, including from international suppliers in Asia and other countries. To test their effectiveness, homeowners can try both real and synthetic camphor tablets and select the most useful product.