True Camphor is the crystallized exudate of the Camphor tree, a relative of Cinnamon. Camphor trees have long been regarded as sacred - their massive size alone is awe inspiring. In its native Southeast Asia it was known as the 'King of Healing Plants'. In India, it was incorporated in various incense blends, particularly those that honour Shiva or Krishna. Camphor is sometimes mixed into the Betel quid for its stimulating and aphrodisiac properties. However, whether Camphor acts as an aphrodisiac or an anaphrodisiac seems to be a matter of dosage. Islamic sects and certain Buddhist groups use the incense to 'cool off' any Venusian drives, while Tantric sects value it for its stimulating effect. Medicinally, Camphor has a long established history, not just in the Far East, but also in Europe. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to increase prana, open the senses and to clear the mind. It is said to cool the nerves in cases of hysteria. Camphor is very potent, which is why the actual crystals are no longer available to the trade, except in modified synthetic form. The oil is also very potent and should not be underestimated. Use with caution. Some aromatherapists deem Camphor oil dangerous. Epileptics should avoid this oil.