Ho Wood Essential Oil
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.
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.
Cinnamomum camphora var linalool
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Wood, Bark, Twigs and Sometimes Leaves
Strength of Initial Aroma
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.]
[Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 585.]
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.]
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