Inhaling camphor, lavang, ajwain and eucalyptus oil DO NOT increase blood oxygen level


A viral message broadly shared throughout WhatsApp and Twitter means that inhaling the vapour of camphor, lawang, ajwain and eucalyptus oil can increase blood oxygen level and even relieve respiratory misery. Alt News Science discovered that there isn’t a scientific foundation to assist this declare. Instead, sniffing the combination could cause camphor poisoning, which in some instances is life-threatening.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had shared the declare on Facebook amid rising COVID-19 instances.

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The declare has additionally been shared by social media users.

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Viral textual content in English: “Camphor, lavang, ajwain, few drops eucalyptus oil. Make potli and keep smelling it throughout the day. This helps increase oxygen levels and congestion. This potli is given to tourists in Ladakh when oxygen levels are low. It’s a home remedy.

Viral text in Hindi: “कपूर, लौंग और अजवाइन का मिश्रण बनाकर इसमें कुछ बूंदे नीलगिरी के तेल की मिलाकर इस तरह की पोटली बना लें और अपने दिन भर के कामकाज के दौरान बीच बीच में सूँघते रहे…यह ऑक्सिजन लेवल बनाये रखने में मदद करता है..! इस तरह की पोटली लद्दाख में पर्यटकों को दी जाती है जब ऑक्सीजन लेवल कम हो..!”


  1. Camphor, Lavang, Ajwain and Eucalyptus oil can increase the blood oxygen level.
  2. Camphor, Lavang and Ajwain can relieve respiratory misery in COVID-19 sufferers.

Verdict: False

Fact verify:

1. Camphor (Karpur)

Camphor is a flammable white crystalline substance that has a robust fragrant odour. It is typically rubbed on the pores and skin to reduce ache and itching.

It can also be utilized in topical nasal decongestant gels like Vicks VapoRub in small portions (4-5%) however the proof on its efficacy is combined. Some older studies have discovered that camphor and eucalyptus don’t have any impact on nasal decongestion.

Nevertheless, blood oxygen saturation decreases in extreme COVID-19 infections due to the lungs and decrease respiratory tract harm and has little to do with nasal blockage. Similarly, one other research means that reliving nasal obstruction doesn’t enhance depressed oxygen saturation.

Inhalation or ingestion of uncalibrated doses of non-medicinal camphor can result in extreme toxicity inside just a few minutes of publicity, especially in children.

As per the American Association of Poison Control Center’s report, within the 12 months 2018, there have been round 9,500 cases of camphor poisoning within the USA, 10 of which had been life-threatening and precipitated important incapacity. FDA advises towards doses of 11% or extra C=camphor as it might trigger toxicity and lead to extreme seizures.

The US’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) has intensive toxicity data that exhibits that camphor publicity causes important impairment in animals.

As per CDC’s guidelines, inhalation of camphor vapours can result in nostril, throat and eye irritation. It can cause seizures, psychological confusion, abdomen ache and in increased focus, it might additionally result in loss of life in some instances. There are a number of reported instances in India of poisoning attributable to camphor vapour inhalation.

2. Clove (Lavang)

This declare is predicated on a single literature review from Italy that hypothesizes the potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 results of cloves. However, the research cited within this review is predicated on the herpes simplex virus and is unrelated to SARS-CoV-2. The cited analysis is predicated on a compound eugenol which is present in cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and basil and is linked with toxicity. Although the pure extract of eugenol just isn’t advisable on this viral textual content, clove vapour alone could also be poisonous however there isn’t a analysis to counsel it might increase blood oxygen or relieve respiratory misery.

3. Carom seeds (Ajwain) and Eucalyptus oil

For each substances above, there isn’t a analysis or proof to counsel that they increase blood oxygen or relieve respiratory misery.


Other variations of the WhatsApp ahead additionally attribute the message to ayurvedic practitioner Prajagraj Dabhi who supposedly handled COVID-19 sufferers with the formulation. Dabhi has rejected this declare.

Yet different variations additionally declare that ambulances are utilizing this formulation on COVID-19 sufferers. But no such remedy pointers are talked about in Health Ministry’s protocol for COVID-19 ambulances.

There is not any proof that camphor, clove or carom seeds increase blood oxygen or present aid throughout respiratory misery. These may go as a ‘feel good’ remedy throughout delicate respiratory infections or inflammatory sinusitis. Suggesting that they will increase the blood oxygen level in COVID sufferers could cause individuals to depend on the house treatment and not take medical assist. Sniffing the combination also can trigger camphor poisoning, which can be life-threatening in some instances.

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