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Camphor has a strong, characteristic scent that is often familiar to those who have been acquainted with mothballs or Vicks Vaporub. Strains known for their content of Camphor include Mendocino Purps and Durban Poison. Isolated Camphor can be naturally sourced from the camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and the East African camphorwood (Ocotea usambarensis). Camphor has a historic past – the Chinese used it to embalm bodies and produce pigments used as ink. In medieval times bags of camphor in its powder or crystalline form were worn to defend from illness. In modern medicine, Camphor is an active ingredient in various nasal decongestants and chest rubs. This is likely due to its anti-spasmodic and decongestant properties. Camphor has also been promoted as a natural insecticide.