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Ho Wood Essential Oil

Latin NameCinnamomun camphora ct linalol


Family:  Lauraceae


Extraction Method: Steam distilled using twigs and wood


Aroma: Floral, Sweet, Fresh and Woody

Ho Wood is a tree that grows in Taiwan.  Traditionally it has been used to make the handles of Japanese swords and blades because of it soft texture.  The Ho Wood allowed the blades to stay almost free from scratches.  This oil has some similarities to Rosewood but it is produced using a more sustainable method. Ho Wood may not be as popular as lavender but the chemical makeup is amazing.  This oil is usually comprised of a high amount of linalol.   I am currently using a batch of Ho Wood essential oil which is comprised of 98% linalol.

The high amount of linalol in this oil makes it an excellent choice to use for boosting the immune system because it is considered to be an immunostimulant and anti-viral.  This component also may be helpful in alleviating pain because it is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.  Ho Wood would make a nice addition to a pain blend that is a result of the cold and flu.  So this is an amazing multipurpose essential oil.  I have used Ho Wood essential oil as part of a hypotensive blend to support high blood pressure with great results.  Just keep in mind that you should seek the assistance of a trained aromatherapist and should consult with your physician when addressing medicinal concerns.  

The linalol component in Ho Wood would be great to use as part of a natural cleaning product.  Ho Wood is both an airborne anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It would be both beneficial to add to aloe vera to make your own form of hand sanitizer or to add to castile soap to help promote overall wellness.  This oil blends well with other high linalol oils such as Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Ghandi Root(Homalomena aromatica) and Bergamot Mint (Mentha citrata).      

Emotionally this oil has sedative properties and it is very calming to the nerves.  Ho wood can act as an antidepressant and is very supportive of anxiety.  Ho Wood also supports spiritual healing. Cosmetically, Ho wood is skin healing and anti-inflammatory.  It would be an excellent choice as part of a facial product because it is antibacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.    



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*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.


Spikenard Essential Oil

Latin Name: Nardostachys jaatamansi




Extraction Method:  Distilled from the rhizome; CO2


Aroma:  Earthy, resinous and warm.

Spikenard is an aromatic herb that is also referred to as "nard".  This herb grows to a height of three feet producing small greenish flowers and a aromatic rhizome root.  This herb is also native to Pakistan and the Himalayan Mountains.  Spikenard is sometimes incorrectly confused with spike lavender which is a reminder to all to know your oils. 

I have utilized this essential oil in many sleep blends because energetically it relieves emotional tension and insomnia.  This oil is extracted from the flower shoot or rhizome which is located underground, which might explain why it is so emotionally grounding.  As stated in Aromatherapy: The complete guide to the healing art, spikenard is traditionally applied to the feet for "grounding".  This oil is often times associated with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) because of it similar aroma and action.

Historically Spikenard is known as one of the most ancient of aromatics and considered precious to early Egyptian, Hebrew and Hindu civilizations who utilized it for its ritual and medicinal purposes.  Spikenard is also associated with Frankincense and Myrrh due to it's reference to Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus feet with it before the Last Supper.

Spikenard is useful for persons with persistent anxieties or for the person who is searching for spirtual certainty.  It also nourishes hope for both the heart and soul allowing one to surrender.  Due to its serenity and earthy humility, it also conveys the power to devotion to one's chosen path. 

Cosmetically spikenard has been used in treatment of rashes and psoriasis.  It has a long history of use for scalp irritation and hair loss.  Because it is a very balancing oil, it is good for all skin types especially mature skin.  It may also help hormone imbalance that is sometimes associated with cellulite.

Spikenard has a regulating action on the heart and nervous system making it a good choice for heart palpitations, headaches and nervous indigestion.  This oil is also indicated for nausea, intestinal colic and constipation due to its antispasmodic and digestive action. 


Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

Mojay, G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, The Healing Arts Press edition, Limited 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

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Faith And Hope (Flower essence blends)

Recently I had the opportunity while taking my aromatherapy certification course to be introduced to flower essences.  Flower essences are an infusion of flowers in water and therefore stabilized by a mixture of brandy and water.  The water now has the energetic essence of the plant.  They are the energetic imprints of the life force of plants and is a natural and safe method of energetic healing.  Flowers essences does not possess scent and should not be confused with essential oils or herbal tinctures. 

From a traditional science point of view, flower essence’s would be dismissed as just pure nonsense.  I have read somewhere that the reason some feel it works for people is because of the placebo effect.  A reason that most physicians have a hard time accepting alternative healing methods is because they see the physical body as the only dimension of human existence. I recently came across an article that emphasized vibrational medicine and decided to study a little further. 

As stated in the book Vibrational Medicine; flower essences offers one a unique vibrational tool which can help mobilize the unseen subtle energetic factors of health and illness in the direction of greater balance and homeostasis.  They must work in conjunction with natural cellular and subtle energetic systems to allow the body, mind and spirit to reachieve proper orientation and balance along the most natural routes.

It is suggested that flower essences may have originated with the Atlantean culture.  Various flower essences and other similar remedies were developed to treat illness that arose for the first time in Atlantis. One of the most popular and well respected names associated with flower essence healing is Dr. Edward Bach.  Dr. Bach insight to illness was the emotional contribution to it.  He searched for a way to bring people to a level of harmonious balance.  Through observation Dr. Bach discovered the effects of the various flowers and how they affected him.  Dr. Bach took long walks though the English countryside in search of the healers within nature.  He would touch the morning dew from a flower or petal and put it to his lips and experience the potential therapeutic effects of the plant.

Dr. Bach developed these flower essence remedies and some were used to treat the emotional reactions to disease as well as the temperaments leading up to the eventual cellular pathology in the body.  There are many more flower-essence practitioners available since the time of Dr. Bach.  Most practitioners that make there own essences will gather information regarding the energetics of the flower by partaking (tasting) the essence. 

Flower essences are used orally under the tongue, applied to the body or made into a spray.   By dropping the essence under the tongue you are releasing the energy of the flower which is vibrating at its own special frequency therefore flooding one’s aura.  The flower’s healing essence will harmonize the body’s vibrations to its own special healing needs. It is not recommended to use flower essences with those that have alcohol substance abuse issues.  The essence can still be used but not directly administered under the tongue.  

Flower essences can be of benefit to those that are experiencing loss of hope and for those in hospice situations.  I recently made a spray blend utilizing this method.  A spray was developed using several flower essences.  The essences were obtained from several flower essence practitioners.  This flower essence spray was added to a carrier of organic lavender hydrosol and the addition of essential oils was used.  The spray proved to be helpful in providing comfort and emotional support but not a cure.  It also benefited sleep.  I will never be sure if it was only the organic lavender hydrosol that provided relief or the whole combination of essential oils blended with the flower essence.  The importance of the method for the blend for hospice and other similar blends is that it provides a host of emotional support by restoring balance.


Gerber, R. M.D.  Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook Of Subtle-Energy Therapies. Third Edition Bear & Company, Rochester, Vermont, 2001

*This post is for informational purposes only.  This is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any ailments or disease.