Camphor spirit is a topical tincture that contains the active ingredient camphor in a base of alcohol and purified water, according to Drugs.com. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, muscle and joint pain and sprains. This solution is for external use only.
Camphor is found in the bark of the camphor tree. In the past, camphor products were made from this tree, but today camphor comes from turpentine oil, states WebMD. Camphor has a long traditional use as a folk remedy. The active ingredient camphor found in this medication can also help to reduce inflammation. However, camphor spirit should not be applied to open skin areas. Similarly, it should not be ingested, notes WebMD.