Type of plant: Evergreen broadleaf tree growing to 100 feet high with rough bark, glossy fragrant leaves, a profusion of white flowers, and black berries
Part used: Bark, leaves, and twigs
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Widely used in perfumery as an alternative for rosewood essential oil since rosewood became an endangered tree. Native to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Japan. There are different species of this tree and they’re structurally very similar, so differentiation is established by analyzing the essential oil chemotype produced by the leaves. These fall into five groups: linalool, 1,8-cineole, camphor, borneol, and nerolidol. The camphor subtype has long been an important commercial source of natural camphor. The 1,8-cineole subtype produces ravintsara essential oil. Ensure that the chemotype linalool is purchased when looking for ho wood.
Principal places of production: China, Taiwan, Vietnam
When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a warm, woody, herbaceous, sweet floral aroma. Also known as Ho-Sho oil.
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, cytophylactic, immunostimulant, restorative, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Influenza, colds, chills, bacterial and viral respiratory infection, menstrual cramp, vaginal infection, parasitic skin infection, wounds, cuts, grazes, eczema, acne, stress and stress-related conditions, anxiety, tension
Blends well with: Amyris, angelica seed, basil linalol, bay (West Indian), benzoin, black pepper, caraway seed, cedarwood, chamomile roman, clary sage, copaiba, cypress, elemi, frankincense, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram (sweet), myrtle, lavandin, lavender, ravensara, rosalina, sandalwood, tangerine
Precautionary advice: No contraindications known