In ancient times ho wood was harvested for its wood, as its essential oil substance was more difficult to extract than other camphor-related species. One of its most famous uses, though, was as a fumigant against the Black Death, as well as outbreaks of smallpox and cholera. It was originally ingested as a treatment for hysteria, although this is no longer recommended. Plant components were a fireworks additive in Japan, a religious incense in India, and a material used to make plastics more pliable. Its annual market value can run at $80-100 million.
Medicinally, one of ho wood’s unique features is how easily it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and even help other chemical substances absorb through the skin. It was applied in early folk medicines for cold remedies or inflammation-related conditions. It is still often applied as a balm or cream, but previously was eaten as a dried spice or cooked young tree shoots. Portions of this plant have even been put into shoes to help deodorize perspiring feet.
Aromatherapy users note that ho wood diffusion can help one overcome inertia, experience relief from depressive thoughts, and relax and unwind. Its rapid skin absorption rate makes it particularly effective in cream application for muscle pains, chapped lips, and cold sores. It’s referred to as a ‘piercing’ oil due to this strength and potency. Several scientific studies have also evaluated it as a cancer-treating agent, in particular as a material that increases the likelihood of targeted cancer cells dying during radiation. It is also being researched for neurological applications to Alzheimer’s and autism.
Organic ho wood essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy favorite. You will absolutely love the complex and deeply refreshing scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Ho Wood
- Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora
- Country of Origin: China
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Leaves
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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