Air & Water Reactions
Flammable. Insoluble in water.
Borneol is an alcohol. Flammable and/or toxic gases are generated by the combination of alcohols with alkali metals, nitrides, and strong reducing agents. They react with oxoacids and carboxylic acids to form esters plus water. Oxidizing agents convert them to aldehydes or ketones. Alcohols exhibit both weak acid and weak base behavior. They may initiate the polymerization of isocyanates and epoxides.
 N. Zhang, P. Liu and X. He, Effect of borneol, moschus, storax, and acorus tatarinowii on expression levels of four amino acid neurotransmitters in the rat corpus striatum, Neural Regen Res., 2012, vol. 7, 440-444
 George A. Burdock, Encyclopedia of Food and Color Additives, Volume 1, 2000
Fire may produce irritating and/or toxic gases. Contact may cause burns to skin and eyes. Contact with molten substance may cause severe burns to skin and eyes. Runoff from fire control may cause pollution.
Borneol, also called “compound long nao,” is a colorless and transparent crystal, which has a pungent, camphor-like odor and a burning taste reminiscent of mint. It occurs naturally in cinnamon leaf, ginger, Thymus, cardamom, coriander leaf, coriander seed, etc. Borneol has been shown to enhance blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability and increase brain concentrations of drugs, as well as protect the brain and BBB while inducing no pathological damage. Thus, borneol is used as a promoter of drug absorption. Borneol is also used as a food additive permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption.
Flammable/combustible material. May be ignited by friction, heat, sparks or flames. Some may burn rapidly with flare burning effect. Powders, dusts, shavings, borings, turnings or cuttings may explode or burn with explosive violence. Substance may be transported in a molten form at a temperature that may be above its flash point. May re-ignite after fire is extinguished.
ChEBI: A bornane monoterpenoid that is 1,7,7-trimethylbicyclo[2.2.1]heptane substituted by a hydroxy group at position 2.
A white colored lump-solid with a sharp camphor-like odor. Burns readily. Slightly denser than water and insoluble in water. Used to make perfumes.