Ho wood essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct linalool) contains mostly naturally occurring linalool, which makes the oil calming, relaxing, and skin-nourishing. Some sources recommend ho wood as a substitute for rosewood essential oil.
Plant family: Lauraceae
Production: Steam distilled from the wood of the tree. (Sometimes leaves are also distilled and some sources might call the oil ho leaf.)
Confusion arises because the Cinnamomum camphora tree has three chemotypes that yield different essential oils:
Sources: Robert Tisserand and The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1
Aroma: Sweet, fresh, woody.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is ho wood safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is ho wood essential oil safe for children? Yes, for ages 2+.
Cautions: If the oil becomes oxidized, it may cause skin sensitization.
Main component: about 80% linalool.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Ho wood may help relieve flu, colds, chills, menstrual cramps, wounds and cuts, eczema, acne, stress and stress-related conditions, anxiety, and tension.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use ho wood in skin care to help deal with acne, cuts and wounds, dermatitis, and stretch marks, and in general skin care for dry, oily, mature, and sensitive skin. The oil may also help reduce muscle and joint aches and pains. For the respiratory system, the essential oil may help relieve chills, coughs, colds, and flu. Another use is in helping decrease anxiety, depression, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress.
Working With Unusual Oils: Ho wood works well in blends to help support the respiratory system or help relieve pain, skin fungus, or inflamed skin. The essential oil is emotionally soothing, helps calm agitation or restlessness, and can help you feel comforted and safe. Suggested essential oils to blend with ho wood:
Nature in Bottle: Ho wood oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin, acts as a natural pest repellent, and is used in natural perfumery for herbal bouquets, floral notes, soap perfumes, and colognes. Emotionally and energetically, the oil is grounding, relaxing, calming, and may help relieve depression, anxiety, confusion, and melancholy.
Plant Therapy: Ho wood calms, promotes a relaxing and peaceful environment, helps soothe red and itchy skin, and helps relieve respiratory symptoms from colds and seasonal allergies. To use on skin, dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (to 2-5%).
Eden's Garden: Ho wood oil may help relieve sore muscles, menstrual cramps, and skin irritation. Diffuse this essential oil to support your work environment or to help you fall asleep. Suggested essential oils to blend with ho wood:
Diffuser Blend for Positivity
Peaceful Diffuser Blend
Source: Loving Essentials
Comforting Diffuser Blend
Relaxing Foot Soak
To use, add 1/4 cup of the foot soak to a foot basin filled with warm water. Relax.
Source: Simply Earth
Adapted from Penny Price