Ho Wood Essential Oil Recipes, Uses and Benefits Spotlight

Ho wood essential oil has a sweet, woody scent and is said to have numerous health benefits. These include boosting immunity and promoting restful sleep. When used topically, the oil can soothe irritated skin and help reduce inflammation. It can also be used in aromatherapy, where its calming scent promotes relaxation and ease tension headaches. Learn more about Ho Wood Essential Oil in this spotlight!
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Ho Wood essential oil is not a mainstream oil but it has many amazing benefits and uses. Thanks to its high levels of linalool, this beneficial oil is extremely calming. In this spotlight, I share ho wood essential oil recipes, as well as other ways you can enjoy this powerful oil. 

The essential oil is steam distilled from the bark and wood of the Ho Tree. It has a woody floral aroma with mild sweet camphoraceous notes. It makes a good choice for a unisex oil because the smell is a nice balance making it very appealing to all. 

Ho Wood has a similar scent to rosewood essential oil and shares some similar chemical properties. It makes a great substitute for rosewood because rosewood is an endangered species so the essential oil may be hard to come by. 

What is Ho Wood Essential Oil Good For?

Ho wood essential oil is derived from the Ho tree, which is native to China. The oil has a sweet, woody scent and numerous health benefits. These include reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and promoting good sleep.

Ho wood essential oil is also said to be helpful for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. When used topically, the oil can soothe irritated skin and help reduce inflammation. It can also be used in aromatherapy, where its calming scent is used to promote relaxation and ease tension.

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Ho Wood Essential Oil Spotlight

Ho wood essential oil has a woody scent and is often used in aromatherapy. Ho wood oil has calming and relaxing properties. It is also used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Ho wood oil is an ingredient in many cosmetic products, including soaps, lotions, and perfumes.

Ho Wood Oil vs Ho Leaf Oil

There are several essential oils that come from Cinnamomum camphora so it is important to read the label and know what you are buying. Both ho wood and ho leaf come from the same tree but they come from different parts of the plant which makes them different essential oils. Ho Leaf Oil, aka Ravintsara Essential Oil, is distilled from the leaves of the Ho Tree. Ho Wood comes from the bark and wood.

When buying this oil, you can look for the essential oil chemotype to determine which one to buy. It should have the words "ct. linalool", or when looking at the product details check the test results to see if it shows high levels of linalool. This just means that the main chemical constituent is linalool.

This spotlight is based on this ho wood linalool chemotype.

Botanical Name Cinnamomum camphora
Botanical Family Lauraceae
Aka Ho oil
Note Middle
Aroma Sweet, floral, woody, camphoraceous
Extraction Method Steam distilled
Plant Part Used Bark, wood
Shelf Life 4-5 years
Kid Safe? Yes
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant

 

Ho Wood Essential Oil Blends Well With

Ho wood oil has a wide range of potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and promoting skin health. Ho wood oil blends well with other essential oils, such as lavender oil, orange oil, and eucalyptus oil.

When selecting essential oils to blend with Ho wood oil, it is important to consider the desired effect. For example, if you are looking to create a calming blend, then lavender oil would be a good choice. If you are looking to boost immunity, then orange oil or eucalyptus oil would be good choices.

Ultimately, the best way to find the right blend is to experiment and see what works best for you. Here are some oils that Ho Wood blends well with:

  • Basil linalool
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba
  • Cypress
  • Elemi
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Orange
  • Ravensara
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rosalina
  • Sandalwood
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Tangerine

Therapeutic Uses:

Influenza, colds, chills, bacterial or viral respiratory infection, menstrual cramp, vaginal infection, parasitic skin infection, wounds, cuts, grazes, eczema, acne, stress and stress-related conditions, anxiety, tension

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, cytophylactic, immunostimulant, restorative, tonic

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Ho Wood Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Ho Wood is one of the highest sources of naturally occurring linalool found in any essential oils. It offers a relaxing effect when diffused or inhaled. A great alternative to lavender essential oil as a bedtime oil, or pair ho wood with lavender for a deep sleep blend.

When using essential oils topically, it is best practice to dilute them in a carrier oil first before applying to the skin. Jojoba and fractionated coconut oil are popular choices.

Check out some of the benefits of ho wood essential oil:

  • Promotes calmness and peace
  • Leaves a cool, fresh feeling on the skin
  • Has powerful anti-viral properties
  • Emotionally uplifts the spirit and alleviates stress
  • Acts as a natural disinfectant and germicide
  • Relieves congestion
  • Promotes restful sleep

Ho Wood Essential Oil Recipes

Looking for some ways to include this beautiful oil into your DIY blends? Ho wood essential oil has a sweet, woody scent and is often used in aromatherapy. It can also be added to lotions and creams to help soothe dry skin. Here are 6 simple yet effective Ho Wood essential oil blend recipes.

 1. Deep Relaxation Roll on

Ho wood is great for relaxation, so are lavender and frankincense. This essential oil roller blend is a favorite for rolling on some deep relaxation.

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Ho Wood
  • 2 drops Frankincense

Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, roll onto arms, chest, shoulders, and neck for calming relief. 4% dilution.

 

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 2. Ho Wood Roller Blend - Positivity

Here is a lovely oil blend to add some positivity to your life.

  • 3 drops Ho Wood essential oil
  • 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops Cypress essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons Jojoba Oil
  • 10 ml Roller Bottle

Directions: Add all recipe ingredients to the roll-on bottle. Shake to blend together, roll onto arms, chest, shoulders, and neck for calming relief. 4% dilution.

 

 3. Sweet Dreams Inhaler Recipe

Try this oil blend for sweet and peaceful thoughts and emotions.

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Ho Wood
  • 3 drops Juniper
  • 3 drops Mandarin
  • Essential Oil Inhaler

Directions: Add oils to your personal aromatherapy inhaler. Use as needed when you want an aromatherapy boost.

 

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 4. Ho Wood Air Freshener - Mental Refresh

Here is an essential oil air freshener the spritz in the air as needed to freshen your space.

  • 6 drops Bergamot essential oil
  • 4 drops Ho Wood essential oil
  • 4 drops Juniper Berry oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon grain alcohol (as preservative)
  • 2 oz glass spray bottle

Directions: Add ingredients into the spray bottle, spray well to blend and before each use.

 

 5. Ho Wood Inhaler Blend - Uplifted Spirits

Try this uplifting essential oil blend.

  • 5 drops Ho Wood essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosalina essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler

Directions: Add wick to a small bowl, drop essential oils onto the wick, using tweezers to pick up the wick, then get any oil residual left in the bowl onto the wick. Place the wick in blank inhaler and put on end cap (base). To use, place under nose and inhaler the aroma.

 

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 6. Information Overload Inhaler Blend

This Ho wood oil inhaler is simple for on the go. Inhale when feeling overwhelmed or overloaded.

  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Clary Sage
  • 3 drops Tangerine
  • 3 drops Ho Wood
  • Aromatherapy Inhaler

Directions: Add oils to your personal aromatherapy inhaler. Use as needed when you want an aromatherapy boost.

 

Ho wood essential oil blends by Loving Essential Oils

Where to Buy Ho Wood Essential Oil?

This oil can be purchased from Barefut. I purchase from a variety of essential oil companies (yes I like to try lots of different oil brands). I can ALWAYS great deals on their website and they offer nothing but high quality essential oils. Barefut has been in business since December 2010 and is ran by Certified Aromatherapists.

Here is how Barefut describes Ho oil:

This oil is steam distilled from the bark of the Ho tree located in China and is commonly used for its pain relieving properties. As a member of the Camphor family, it has very similar properties to the Camphor Essential Oil, but does have a different aroma. Ho Wood Essential Oil is perfect to add to any essential oil blend to help boost the immune system, and even to ease skin irritation.

Ho Wood Diffuser Blends

Ho Wood oil blends well with other essential oils, including bergamot, geranium, and lavender. When used in a diffuser, ho wood oil can help to promote relaxation and ease stress.

Add one of the essential oil recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser but you can use whatever size you prefer.

Ho Wood Diffuser Blend - Peaceful Purity

Enjoy this peaceful essential oil blend.

  • 3 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 3 drops Ho Wood oil
  • 2 drops Patchouli oil

Directions: Add essential oil drops to your aromatherapy diffuser with the recommended water for the tank. Turn diffuser machine on and enjoy.

 

Ho wood essential oil diffuser blend - Peaceful Purity by Loving Essential Oils with clary sage and patchouli

Ho Wood Diffuser Recipe - Woody Bliss

Here is a woodsy diffuser blend to add some bliss to your day.

  • 3 drops Grapefruit
  • 3 drops Ho Wood
  • 2 drops Himalayan Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Douglas Fir

 

ho wood essential oil diffuser recipe - woody bliss by Loving Essential Oils with grapefruit, cedarwood and fir oil

 Meditative Diffuser Blend

Turn this blend on when you need to meditate and be in a relaxed state.

  • 3 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Ho Wood

 

Ho wood essential oil blend by Loving Essential Oils | Meditative Blend with patchouli, bergamot, and sandalwood

 Sleep in Peace Diffuser Blend

Here is a sweet blend for sleep.

  • 3 drops Lavender oil
  • 3 drops Bergamot oil
  • 3 drops Ho Wood oil

 

Ho wood diffuser recipes by Loving Essential Oils | Sleep in Peace Diffuser Blend with lavender and bergamot

 Confident and Calm

Exude confidence and calmness with this diffuser blend.

  • 3 drops Ho Wood
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 1 drop Vetiver

 

Ho wood diffuser blends by Loving Essential Oils | Confident and Calm with orange and vetiver

 Focus on the Positive

Try this diffuser blend with ho wood oil.

  • 2 drops Cypress
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Ho Wood

 

Ho Wood Blends Well With by Loving Essential Oils | Focus on the Positive with cypress and frankincense

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General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.

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