Hinoki Essential oil

Hinoki Essential oil

The product of the month is Hinoki Essential Oil is energizing and uplifting to the mind. Hinoki wood has a spicy, lemon scent, is light pinkish-brown in color, and is highly rot resistant.

In Japan, it is also valued as an oil of relaxation and is often placed in baths. It may release minor agitation the mind and body; and promotes peace of mind.  

This section is a fun and easy reference guide for Hinoki essential oil.  It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!


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What is the Genus Species?  Chamaecyparis obtusa

Why is this information important?  It is always important to know the genus species of a plant when using and purchasing essential oils. Using the common name is just not enough information. 

Many companies may use a substitute species or a combination of species that does not offer therapeutic benefits. Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same.  And they are used for different purposes.  

Where is the Name Derived From?  In Japan Hinoki means “white cedar“; it also means fire tree as it was and still is used to make fire through friction in the Shinto Shrines. Cypress comes from a Greek word “sempervivens” meaning “live forever”. 

Why is this Information so Important?  Its not, it’s just a fun fact! 

What Part of the Plant is Used? Heartwood

What is the ORAC Value? Not known at this time

Why Know About this Number?  What Does this Number Mean? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that the wood has been used for thousands of years to build shrines and spiritual buildings?

Yes, it is considered one of the Five Sacred Trees of Kiso. Key wood used in architecture for because its ability to withstand rot. 

What are the Plant Properties? Relaxing and rot resistant

What are the Documented Hinoki Cypress Benefits and Uses?  Calming and Relaxing. Use in bath or diffuse.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its woody scent is relaxing and grounding.

What is Nan’s Mental (Mindset), Emotional and Spiritual Interpretation of this Oil? 

Hinoki allows the mind and body to relax by grounding the body in mother earth. As it does this tension and stress is released.

This oil is about opening the mind to potentiality and specifically opportunities. The more worry and stress we have in our life the more we limit our opportunities. To attract more opportunities we must be relaxed and allow the universe to bring them to us. 

Using this oil with Sacred Angel or White Angelica and Vetiver is particularly useful in this manner. Open to opportunity by smelling Sacred Angel (open crown chakra) or Three Wise Men, then smelling Hinoki Essential (open heart chakra), then grounding the opportunity into mother earth with Vetiver (root chakra).

To release negativity or something you want to manifest in the world, I recommend using them in the opposite direction-first starting with Vetiver and ending with Sacred Angel. 

By the way, any of the tree oils are very grounding emotionally and physically. 

What Chakra is Affected?  The sacral, heart and crown chakras.  

What is the Corresponding Color? Pink-brown

How Do I Use It? 

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras 
  • Diffuse

Can this Oil be Used for Animals? Yes, however at this time I have only used for emotional release. Great with Vetiver!

Yes. Have your animals smell it directly from the bottle or place a drop or two in your palm, then smell. Or place a drop in your palm and pet head to toe.

Note About Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats particulary those that are not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Hinoki essential oil has no known contraindications. Pregnant women should use this oil with caution.

If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

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