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Hinoki Japanese Cypress Essential Oil

Chamaecyparis obtusa

Japanese Cypress

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

Hinoki Essential Oil is new to us.  It is a wonderful alternative to using Cypress essential oil (Cuppressae sempriverens).  The aroma is a bit softer.  

Hinoki has been proven to induce a significant reduction in oxy-Hb concentration in the right prefrontal cortex and increased parasympathetic nervous activity when the olfactory route was the method of absorption.   These findings indicate that olfactory stimulation by Hinoki cypress leaf oil induces physiological relaxation.  All of this science mumbo jumbo means that Hinoki essential oil helps to increase parasympathetic activity, therefore, reducing stress and anxiety.
We have used Hinoki essential oil in formulations that are anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. 
It has awesome decongestant properties so it is very effective sinus congestion and respiratory issues. 
Hinoki essential oil is great in skin formulations because it is gentle and it adds regarded gentle on skin and it also has antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties for treating rashes, cuts, abrasions and minor skin irritations.

Traditional Use of Hinoki Japanese Cypress

It is grown for its very high-quality timber in Japan, where it is used as a material for building palaces, temples, shrines, traditional noh theatres, baths, table tennis blades, and masu. The wood is lemon-scented, light pinkish-brown, with a rich, straight grain, and is highly rot-resistant.  In Japan Hinoki is known as the Holy Tree.  Hinoki wood is used as a traditional Japanese stick incense for its light, earthy aroma. Well-built hinoki structures can last 1000 years – and some buildings/artifacts are even older.   Horyuji Temple in Nara, Japan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of the oldest surviving wooden structures in the world – including its pagoda, built about 600 AD!


It is a slow-growing tree which grows to 35 m tall with a trunk up to 1 m in diameter. The bark is dark red-brown. The leaves are scale-like, 2–4 mm long, blunt tipped (obtuse), green above, and green below with a white stomatal band at the base of each scale-leaf. The cones are globose, 8–12 mm diameter, with 8–12 scales arranged in opposite pairs.


Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Hinoki Japanese Cypress

Hinoki Essential Oil is a wonderful oil for both physical protection (against insects) as well a spiritual protector.  It is a great oil to use for meditation and connecting to your higher self.  It is calming and a bit of an antidepressant.   It also assists one in standing firm in their decisions as well as helping to clear (or decongest ) the mind.  It is also effective to clear a room of negative energy.  According to Valerie Worwood, diffusing Hinoke can changes the ionic balance to a more positive (ion) one.


Aroma-Chemistry of Hinoki Japanese Cypress

Hinoki essential oil consists of mostly monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and sesquitperpenols..  Alpha-pinene is the predominant monoterpene found in Hinoki.  Alpha-pinene is known to be anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, had broad-spectrum antibiotic properties and can also decrease oil production in overly oily skin.  

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Safety Information for Hinoki Japanese Cypress

No known safety precautions for Hinoki Essential Oils


Alpha-Pinene Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Activity Through the Suppression of MAPKs and the NF-κB Pathway in Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26119957
Anti-tumor effect of α-pinene on human hepatoma cell lines through inducing G2/M cell cycle arrest: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25837931
Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holysitc Aromatherapy, 2003.
Lee, Shin-Hae, et al. “Effects of Essential Oil from Hinoki Cypress, Chamaecyparis Obtusa, on Physiology and Behavior of Flies.” Plos One, vol. 10, no. 12, Jan. 2015, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143450.
Mailhebiau, Philippe, and Phillippe Mailhebiau. Portraits in Oils: the Personality of Aromatherapy Oils and Their Link with Human Temperaments. C.W. Daniel, 1995.


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