Hinoki Essential Oil (Chamaecyparis obtusa)


It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the needles, twigs/wood or root..


Hinoki Essential Oil is sometimes referred to asJapanese Cypress Essential OilorHinoki Cypress Essential Oil.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Sweet Woody

  • Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Chamaecyparis
  • Major Compounds: Elemol, a-Terpinyl Acetate, Gamma-Eudesmol, Bornyl Acetate, B-Eudesmol, Gamma-Muurolene, a-Eudesmol, B-Cedrene, a-Muurolene, (+)-Limonene, Delta-Cadinene, B-Pinene, a-Fenchol
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Middle
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Needles, Twigs/Wood or Root.
  • Conservation Status:  [NT] Near Threatened
    IUCN Red List category abbreviations (version 3.1, 2001)
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Hinoki:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using either Hinoki Wood, Hinoki Root or Hinoki Needle (Leaf) essential oils. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 302.]

Safety Precautions for Hinoki:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.