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Ho Wood Essential Oil

Ho Wood

Ho Wood Essential Oil, Cinnamomum camphora var linalool, is steam distilled from the bark and wood (and sometimes the leaves are simultaneously distilled) of the same tree that brings us Ravintsara Essential Oil. Ravintsara Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and is sometimes known as Ho Leaf Oil.

Ho Wood is one of the most potent sources of naturally occurring linalol found in any steam distilled essential oil.

Ho Wood Essential Oil

There are several oils distilled from Cinnamomum camphora, so it's very important that you doublecheck the chemotype when intending to explore Ho Wood Oil as described in this profile.

Emotionally, given its linalol content, Ho Wood Oil is a "peaceful" oil. It is calming and is a good choice when needing to relax or unwind.

Aromatically, Ho Wood Essential Oil is a beautifully fragrant wood oil that possesses some similarity to that of Rosewood Oil. Due to the endangerment of the rosewood tree, Ho Wood may serve as a suitable aromatic substitute for Rosewood Essential Oil in some applications.

Botanical Name

Cinnamomum camphora var linalool

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distillation

Plant Part Typically Used

Wood, Bark, Twigs and Sometimes Leaves

Color

Clear

Consistency

Medium

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Sweet, fresh and woody, with subtle floral notes. The aroma possesses similarity to that of Rosewood Essential Oil.

Ho Wood Essential Oil Uses

Its significant content of linalol indicates that it offers the following properties: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, hypotensive, immunostimulant, sedative. [Neryls Purchon and Lora Cantele, Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness (Toronto ON: Robert Rose, 2014), 66.]

Primary Constituent

Linalol.

[Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 585.]

Safety Information

No specific safety issues are known for Ho Wood Oil that has not oxidized. Tisserand and Young advise against using oils that have oxidized if they contain significant concentrations of linalol as the oil can become sensitizing. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 585.] Maria Lis-Balchin's findings in Aromatherapy Science confirm that oxidized linalool can be sensitizing. [Maria Lis-Balchin, BSc, PhD, Aromatherapy Science (United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 83.]

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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