All-natural doesn’t mean safe:
Inappropriate use of camphor-containing products may be a common and underappreciated cause of seizures in young children, according to a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
Camphor has been used for centuries as a medicine, antiseptic, insect repellant, spice and incense. I noticed the last time I was in Whole Foods that a lot camphor preparations were available, so apparently it’s come back into fashion.
The current all-natural craze is based on the quasi-mystical belief that the safety of a chemical depends on where it came from. This is nonsense. Anything that is strong enough to have some kind of positive effect is strong enough to have negative effects. The only safe all-natural chemicals are ones that don’t actually do anything.