By Sophia Sola

Camphor is the white, crystalline product of the Cinnamonum camphora tree. It is used in ointments for its cooling, numbing effect; it is an active ingredient in lip balms meant to treat cold sores. Its strong fragrance is often used in soaps and other scented products.

You'll be melting the camphor on a range.

If you have camphor oil, it can readily be used in homemade ointments and soaps. However, if you have a block of crystalline camphor, you'll need to melt it into a base in order to use it.

Step 1

Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler half full with water.

Step 2

Place a wax and oil base into the top pan of the double boiler, such as beeswax or almond oil.

Step 3

Rest the top of the double boiler onto the bottom of the double boiler, cover it with a lid, and place the whole thing on a stove on medium heat.

Step 4

Wait for the water to get hot and transfer heat to the top of the double boiler to melt the base.

Step 5

In the meantime, grate off camphor from its waxy block using a cheese grater. You should get a powdery substance.

Step 6

Add this powder to the melted waxy or oily base and stir.