No Uncle, Smelling Camphor, Cloves or Ajwain Won't Increase your O2 Levels

By: Aashruti Vohra
22 Apr 2021 8:12:15 PM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Image Courtesy: AltNews 


A viral post showing that inhaling the mist of camphor, cloves, ajwain and eucalyptus oil increases the blood oxygen level and even alleviates the respiratory anguish, has been debunked by Alt News Science. According to the report, there is no scientific basis to this statement. Additionally, inhaling the mixture can cause camphor poisoning, which is life-threatening.


Recently, a post shared on Facebook by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Camphor, ajwain, few drops of Eucalyptus oil and lavang. 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.”


Soon enough, the post was flooded across Whatsapp groups and Twitter pages.


This claim was soon debunked by Zee News, whose reports were pretty similar to that of Alt News, except that they added that the mixture can provide ’ good therapy’ during mild respiratory infections.


Some studies show camphor has no effect on nasal decongestion as it is used to rub on the skin to reduce pain and itching. A report also shows that alleviating the nasal hindrance doesn’t improve the oxygen level. Also, there is no study that shows clove, ajwain, or any other substance helping in increasing the body’s oxygen level.


“I have been closely monitoring the recipes and I am completely flummoxed. One such recipe for patients in home isolation, recommends five teaspoons of cinnamon powder, taken with warm water. Cinnamon can actually increase the amount of carbon dioxide produced in the stomach, which restricts blood circulation by constricting your blood vessels. This helps you retain body heat and is counterproductive in summer,” the IANS quoted physician, Dr. Narottam Kumar, as saying.


Meanwhile, several ‘prescriptions’ have also gone viral on social networking sites for the cure of COVID-19. These include everything from home remedies to ayurveda to homeopathy and even unani prescriptions, although none of the remedies are verified.


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