Ho Wood Essential Oil (Cinnamomum camphora)


Ho Wood may also be referred to as Cinnamomum Camphora Ct Linalol. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the wood, bark, twigs and sometimes leaves.


Ho Wood Essential Oil, Cinnamomum camphora var linalool, is steam distilled from the bark and wood (and sometimes the leaves are simultaneously distilled) of the same tree that brings us Ravintsara Essential Oil. Ravintsara Essential Oil is distilled from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora and is sometimes known as Ho Leaf Oil.

Ho Wood is one of the most potent sources of naturally occurring linalol found in any steam distilled essential oil.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Cool Fresh Slightly citrus Slightly floral Soft Woody

  • Common Name(s): Cinnamomum Camphora Ct Linalol
  • Botanical Family: Lauraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Cinnamomum
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenols
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear
  • Indigenous Country: Taiwan
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Wood, Bark, Twigs and Sometimes Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Ho Wood:

No specific safety issues are known for Ho Wood Oil that has not oxidized. Tisserand and Young advise against using oils that have oxidized if they contain significant concentrations of linalol as the oil can become sensitizing. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 585.] Maria Lis-Balchin's findings in Aromatherapy Science confirm that oxidized linalool can be sensitizing. [Maria Lis-Balchin, BSc, PhD,Aromatherapy Science(United Kingdom: Pharmaceutical Press, 2006), 83.]

Safety Precautions for Ho Wood:

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.