Camphor is a white waxy solid sometimes transparent produced mainly from camphor basil.

Use of camphor includes in culinary , as an insect repellent and for its medicinal properties. The penetrating, pungent and aromatic odour of camphor repel some insects, in some household camphor is kept between cloths in cupboards for this purpose. Camphor is widely used in Indian religious ceremonies.

Image of a container of Vicks VapoRub
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Vicks VapoRub ointment contains camphor. Toxicity of camphor is 50–500 mg/kg oral.

Camphor is highly flammable, transport regulations classify camphor under UN 2717 Class 4.1 (flammable solids)