As an essential oil, camphor oil is used to treat many common medical conditions, including acne and respiratory illnesses, such as colds or bronchitis.
Camphor oil is often recommended as a home remedy for oily skin. Many high-end skin care products include it among their ingredients.
Some over-the-counter cooling creams and anti-itch products include camphor oil among their active ingredients because it cools the skin.
Hindus use camphor oil in many of their religious ceremonies and rituals. For many centuries, it was used for indoor ceremonies, but more recently its use has been mainly restricted to outdoor ceremonies because of carbon deposits the oil leaves behind.
Because camphor oil has such a strong odor, it is sometimes used as an insect and moth repellent. It is also thought to deter snakes.