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Ho-Wood Essential Oil

Ho-Wood Essential Oil

Cinnamonum camphora

Planet: Mars

History & Mythology
Ho-wood oil derives from the Hon Sho variety of Camphor, which occurs mainly in Japan. It is distilled from the leaves and branches of the tree and thus does not smell much like Camphor at all. Rather, it smells a bit like Rosewood, which it substitutes in Aromatherapy use. Rosewood, a native tree of the Amazon, became endangered due to over-harvesting. Although plantations have since been planted, it takes time for the trees to mature and produce enough oil to produce a viable harvest. So far, non of the sustainably harvested oil has become available on the aromatherapy market. Ho leaf, distilled from the leaves of the same tree, is gradually beginning to replace Ho-wood oil in Aromatherapy, not because of the sustainability factor, but because its scent is even smoother, containing practically no camphor-like notes at all. Hon Sho is a vehemently defensive tree - the exudates from its roots (the source of camphor) kills worms and other micro-organisms of the soil, and the leaves that drift into the ocean can kill marine organisms, which is why some consider this oil an environmental hazard. Epileptics should avoid this oil.

Magical Use:
Ho wood can be used to help break unhealthy emotional patterns that cause one to hold on to dissatisfying situations. It can be used for courage to help face change and dare leaping into the unknown. It may be used to become aware and realize the nature of a problem, the first step before any change can take place. Ho-wood may aid overcoming inertia, the biggest stumbling block to living our dreams. It can help manifest visions into realities.

A warm, floral, spicy woody scent with a slightly camphor-like undertone. Blends well with Cedarwood, Bergamot, Lavender, Geranium, Neroli, Petiitgrain, Myrtle, and Cinnamon.

Use as a substitute for Rosewood. Ho-wood acts as a mild analgesic and muscle relaxant. It is also used in Aromatherapy skin care to soothe inflamed skin conditions and as an insect repellent. It is relaxing and has mild aphrodisiac properties. Ho-wood is anti-depressant and helps facing areas in life that need changing.


We only supply the finest quality essential oils certified for Aromatherapy use. This assures that during the process of extraction, handling and bottling our oils receive all possible care and attention, and that the highest quality and purity is maintained throughout the preparation process.

** Pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances that should always be treated with due respect. Organic oils naturally are the purest oils available.

** Familiarize yourself thoroughly with the properties and uses of each individual oil you intend to use and take note of all cautions.

** Never take essential oils internally! *

** Do not apply essential oils neat (undiluted) to the skin. The recommended Aromatherapy standard dilution is 1 - 3%, though certain oils may be used in higher or lower dilutions. Consider each case individually.

** Always adhere to recommended safety standards and recommended dilution ratios.

** If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies test oil blends on a small area of the inner arm prior to general use.

** Keep oils out of reach of children and pets.

** Never allow essential oils to enter the eyes.

** If you are pregnant, consult a qualified aromatherapist for suitability and safety of specific oils. Many oils should not be used during pregnancy, some only need to be avoided for the first 3 - 4 months, others may be helpful during labour, but may pose a risk during the months before.

** If you suffer from serious medical conditions such as (but not exclusively) high blood pressure, cancer, thrombosis, varicose veins or epilepsy, consult a qualified aromatherapist for professional advice on recommended oils and dosages.

** We support the notion of people taking responsibility for their own well being. However, if symptoms persist or re-occur or you are suffering from a serious medical condition, or if you are presently taking prescription drugs, we recommend that you consult a qualified doctor or practitioner before attempting to help yourself. Look for a practitioner/doctor who you can trust and who is prepared to work with you in exploring natural health alternatives.
*...unless you know better.

Essential oils are highly volatile substances that easily deteriorate or simply "fly off" if not stored correctly. Keep essential oils tightly closed and store them away from any sources of heat, in a cool, dark place.
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