[Sca-cooks] camphor was medicinal recipies

Lilinah lilinah at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 17 16:44:18 PST 2006

>I came across a few interesting tidbits concerning camphor.  There are a
>couple of studies that show synthetic camphor is 25% more toxic than natural
>camphor.  80% of the world's natural camphor comes from Formosa.  And that
>volatile oils increase the solubility of camphor in water (about 1 gm per
>800 cc in pure water), which is a possible reason for specifying dissolving
>it in rosewater in the Anonbymous Andalusian Cookbook.

Synthetic? Eeuw!

I mean, yes, i do consume some artificial flavors, and perhaps the 
occasional artificial color, but i'd avoid synthetic camphor like the 
plague. Much too much risk of toxicity.

Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita

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