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Hinoki Essential Oil

Hinoki

Hinoki Essential Oil is sometimes referred to as Japanese Cypress Essential Oil or Hinoki Cypress Essential Oil.

Hinoki Wood Essential Oil

Hinoki Essential Oil is steam distilled from Chamaecyparis obtusa, a conifer that is native to Japan. Hinoki Essential Oil is available in limited quantities as a wood oil, root oil and needle (leaf) oil. The chemistry and actions are somewhat different depending on what part of the tree the essential oil was distilled from.

The Hinoki tree and essential oil goes by several common names. It's always important pay close attention to an essential oil's botanical name, and that holds especially true for Hinoki Essential Oil. An essential oil steam distilled from Chamaecyparis formosensis and known as Taiwan Hinoki Essential Oil (and other similar names) is also available. The two essential oils should not be confused. Both botanicals are considered endangered (see section below).

(For more information about the importance of referring to botanical names, read the Importance of Using Botanical Names with Essential Oils.)

Emotionally and energetically, Joy Musacchio confirms that Hinoki Needle Essential Oil is uplifting, cleansing, comforting and opens the mind for new perspectives. [Source: Joy Musacchio, Hinoki - Japanese Cypress, 2018. (The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, Volume 7, Issue 1), 55-61.]

Sustainability Concerns

According to Wikipedia and other sources, Hinoki is considered to be near threatened/endangered. [Source: Wikipedia. Chamaecyparis obtusa.]

Because it is at high risk of endangerment, it is important to mindfully choose who you purchase this essential oil from and evalutate how they are sourcing their essential oil.

Botanical Name of Hinoki Essential Oil

Chamaecyparis obtusa

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Needles, Twigs/Wood or Root.

Color

Clear to Pale Yellow

Consistency

Medium

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Woody, sweet. Varies between the wood, root and needle (leaf) oils.

Hinoki Needle (Leaf) Essential Oil Uses / Actions

Possible neuroprotective affects against AB1-40, Anti-asthmatic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anxiety, hair growth, immune stimulant, insecticidal. Reading the entire journal article is recommended. [Source: Joy Musacchio, Hinoki - Japanese Cypress, 2018. (The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, Volume 7, Issue 1), 55-61.]

Major Constituents of Hinoki Root Essential Oil

Elemol
a-Terpinyl acetate
Gamma-Eudesmol
Bornyl acetate
B-Eudesmol
Gamma-Muurolene
a-Eudesmol
B-Cedrene
a-Muurolene
(+)-Limonene
Delta-Cadinene
B-Pinene
a-Fenchol

Major Constituents of Hinoki Root Essential Oil

Longi-a-nojigiku alcohol
a-Terpinyl acetate
Longi-B-camphenilan aldehyde
T-Cadinol
a-Cadinol
Cadin-1(10)-en-4,B-ol
Longicyclenyl alcohol
T-Muurolol
Delta-Cadinene
a-Terpineol
B-Caryophyllene alcohol
Verbenone
Longiisohomocamphenilone
Gamma-Cadinene

Major Constituents of Hinoki Wood Essential Oil

a-Cadinol
T-Muurolol
Gamma-Cadinene
Omega-Cadinene
T-Cadinol
Cadin-1(10)-en-4,B-ol
a-Muurolene
B-Caryophyllene alcohol

[Source for Constituents of Needle (Leaf), Root and Wood Oils: B. Shieh, Y. Lizuka, Y. Matsurbara, Monoterpenoid and Sesquiterpenoid Constituents of the Essential Oil of Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa), 1981. (Journal of Agriculture Biology & Chemistry (Japan), 45), 1497-1499. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 301-302.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using either Hinoki Wood, Hinoki Root or Hinoki Needle (Leaf) essential oils. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 302.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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