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The truth is thus. I had no real history with the ho wood tree or its essential oil before this article. So I initially thought. Writing this post has certainly been a very educational experience for me.
So, without further ado let us delve into the this natural, wooden, crisp resource that can potentially provide us all with some fantastic things, as we shall see further on in this article.
What is Ho Wood Essential Oil? Where Does it Come From?
The origin of ho wood essential oil is in the Cinnamomum camphora tree, which is also known as the camphor tree. It is a tree native mainly to areas of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Nowadays, it is grown all over the world.
Fun fact – there are some very ancient camphor trees in Japan, thought to be over 1000 years old!
I said that I had no previous history with this tree or its oil, but as it turns out, I most certainly did and I didn’t even know it! I found out that camphor oil and ho wood oil are actually produced from the very same tree. Cinnamomum camphora goes by several names and chemotypes, which is why I was a lot closer to ho wood essential oil than I had suspected. I never knew of the connection between those two oils. But wait – there’s more!
Here is the deal with ho wood oil:
The camphor tree contains all kinds of elements. The tree’s leaves, its berry-like fruit, and the actual wood are all used in the essential oil production process. The tree’s various components produce three very similar oils, which go by the name of ‘ho wood’, ‘camphor’, and ‘ravintsara’ – this last one is NOT to be confused with ravensara essential oil, which is the product of the Ravensara aromatica tree.
There are other ways of producing these oils, but steam distillation is generally regarded as the safest and best way to go about it. It certainly leads to the highest quality of oil, which can make a big difference when used for treatment and therapy.
Ho Wood Essential Oil Anti Inflammatory & Anti Bacterial Benefits
I am a frequent user of Tiger Balm, when it is necessary. That balm is a product which famously contains camphor oil, and it is part of what gives it its strength and unique scent. I have been using it for years, yet I never bothered to seriously trace its origins.
Being produced from the same tree, you can understand why ho wood essential oil works in a very similar way to camphor. It can be applied topically, and it goes to work on strengthening the body’s defenses from the inside out, and releasing muscle tension. Once it is absorbed, it will revitalize your skin while keeping inflammation and infections at bay.
Ho Wood Essential Oil For Skin
Your skin is tough, but sensitive. When it becomes inflamed or irritated, it can disrupt your day-to-day routines and activities, not to mention its ability to lead to other unpleasant conditions. In order to allow ho wood essential oil to work on your skin, it is recommended to add a couple of drops to a cotton swab, and then apply it to the affected area. By the way, it doesn’t have to be a reactive medicine. Ho wood can also be used as a preventive treatment as well. This is the case with many essential oils.
Using ho wood oil on a regular basis helps skin regenerate faster, and it doesn’t leave a layer which clogs your skin’s pores. The oil has elements like cineole and linalool, which help the body replenish its stores of vitamin E, and prevent the accumulation of natural oil on the skin. The sebum – our body’s natural oil – is a very useful substance, but it can also become a liability when in a state of imbalance. Your diet, your lifestyle, your health – these all contribute to the sebum’s production, or lack of production. There are times when there is too much or too little sebum, and that is where substances like ho wood oil can really come in handy. Keeping your oils (and subsequently your pH levels) in balance is key to having healthy skin.
Ho Wood Essential Oil For Hair
Skin and hair care go hand in hand. The connection between them is obvious, since the scalp is essentially skin from which our hair grows. There are some differences between scalp and skin, though, and when dealing with hair care, it is important to give the scalp special attention, which includes providing it with the right kind of nutrients. Or rather, the right kind of nutrients for you. Essential oils are sometimes very subtle, and what is useful for one person may prove to be somewhat useless to another.
Many people use oils like Rose, Argan, Rosemary, and Jasmine in their hair care routine. I have also used those in the past, but I wanted to branch out and find more “woodsy” oils which can help me and my hair. I loved cedarwood and sandalwood, and so I decided to give ho wood a shot. I was hesitant, but when I added some to my herbal conditioner it gave it a sweet wood-like fragrance.
I love hair. I always have. I mean come on. When you have a good hair day? How great is that. It boosts your life, your laugh, your confidence. You carry yourself differently, just like on the day when you wear a new piece of clothing which had been dying to purchase and use. It upgrades you and your daily routine. That’s how important hair and skin can be, which is why you must give them the proper time and place.
We need to take of ourselves. I don’t mean in a narcissistic or vain kind of way, but in a way that helps us feel good about ourselves. I know for a fact, that when I step out of a shower after using natural and holistic products, I feel better. It is also psychological? Of course! But why should that make a difference? The products aren’t much more expensive, the cruelty-free factor alone makes it worth it for me, and I feel good. Refreshed. Revitalized. And again, this is true to many essential oils. Thankfully, I have a kind of scalp and hair which responds well to many oils and substances. This has to do a lot with my diet, I am sure, which is plant-based.
— beauty Girls (@BeaaautyGirl) August 15, 2017
Can You Diffuse Ho Wood Essential Oil?
You most certainly can. Using a diffuser or atomizer, you can enjoy the benefits of this substance without losing any part of its chemical makeup.
If you use it in its vaporous form, ho wood also acts as a natural insect and pest repellent. You’ll be able to keep a mosquito-free home with the help of this essential oil.
Ho Wood Essential Oil Scent Described
Have you ever smelled a product which contains camphor? Then you may already know what this oil smells like. Remember, it comes from the same tree. It is a calming and refreshing scent, which you need to inhale slowly and meaningfully (I feel). In aromatherapy, it is used to combat depression, reduce stress, and alleviate anxiety.
Try adding a few drops of ho wood oil to your soap, shampoo, or conditioner. The way it affects the body is very cool. Sometimes it is difficult to understand how such a small amount of something can make such a huge difference. I guess it goes to show that it is all about our perception, huh?
The essential oils market is a big one. If you decide to invest in a private label of wellness products and supplies, be sure to include essential oils in your catalog. And make a serious attempt to locate pure sources, since those places yield better oils. The manufacturer you choose to work with and do business with is a crucial factor. Not all essential oils are made equally. I am not talking about pure oils VS oil blends. That one is a given. Always go for 100% pure oil, if that is what you need. Don’t settle.
I am talking about finding a company which uses oils produced in original locals and native regions of certain oils. This will make a difference in your product and in your customers, and it will help your product stand out in a market which is already pretty crowded.
Invest in a better product, and you will be able to get a higher class of returning customers. Return business is a must in this field of wellness. You need your products to be able to stand behind their claims and deliver results, or you will not make it, period. Get a better private label manufacturer, and be the better seller, but NOT at the cost of your ongoing business plan. Just remember to consider your customers before anything, since they are the ones will keep you in business.