Botanical name:

Cinnaqmomum caqmphora var.nominale Hayata subvar.hosyo Hatumima


Cinnamomum camphora subsp. formosana var. occidentalis. subvar. linaloola


Plant family: Lauraceae

Plant Origin;Taiwan and Southern China

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Major constituents:

A typical chemical composition of

HOSHO Essential Oil:

 Linanool (85.3%), α-terpineol (0.14%)

Camphor (4.6%), cineole (0.7%)


Add 5 drops to oil vaporiser or 4 drops to every 10ml carrier oil to create a massage oil.

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History of HOSHO


The HOSHO essential oil we provide is from the distiller and supplier company called KAIMON SANROKU KORYO-EN which is located in southern part of KAGOSHIMA prefecture in Japan.



KAIMON SANROKU KORYO-EN started its own history after Mr. Iwao MIYAZAKI took over the farm from original founder of SODA KORYOU KAGOSHIMA Farm.


Mr. Soda was founder of SODA KORYO had searched and came to the conclusion that KAIMON- Mountain was the most suitable climate for Rose Geranium in1941.Later then he introduced seeds of HOSHO to this area from Taiwan and now it is the only one distiller company makes HOSHO oil in Japan. There are ten thousand of HOSHO trees on the site of KORYOU-EN  today.


Essential oil profile of HOSHO


HOSHO has a green and sweet, floral scent, It helps to lift the emotions and calms the mind.

The research has been undertaken and it is believed that HOSHO oil have some positive effect on the Parasympathetic nerve system.

However this research is still ongoing and the final result is to be published later.  


The oil is often used as an environmentally friendly alternative to Rosewood essential oil (Aniba rosaeodora) It has similar therapeutic properties to Rosewood and is used extensively for its aroma in the perfume industry in place of Rosewood.


Linalool is optical isomer so they present as L-linalool and D-linalool.

The research said Rose wood oil came from Guiana most contain L-linalool.

And Rose wood oil from Brazil contain mix of D-linalool and L-linalool.


Linalool of HOSHO oil is L-Linalool.


It is known that D-linalool and L- linalool have different strength and quality in its aroma. It is well known that D-linalool has more of Orange like odour whereas L-linalool has Lavender like odour. The research said that our olfactory system have much lower threshold when it comes to L-linalool which is believed to be less than 1/5 of D-linalool.


HOSHO essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and twigs of a tall evergreen tree.

500kg of leaves yield 3kg of HOSHO oil.

HOSHO,Cinnamomum camphora subsp. formosana var. occidentalis. subvar. linaloola  is subspecies  from camphor tree Cinnamomum camphora.


Camphor tree oil contains a high percentage of camphor but despite being a subspecies. HOSHO oil is made up of only 5% camphor, with linalool making up over 80% of its chemical composition





Aromatherapy use: Analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, immune support, bactericidal, insecticide, sedative, stress, tension


General use: Oil warmers or burners, potpourri, massage oil, perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils and creams, soap, candles

Add 5 drops to oil vaporiser or 4 drops to every 10ml carrier oil to create massage oil.


3 to5 drops for Bath.

Put 3 drops on cotton ball and keep it in drawer for moth repellent

Contraindications: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or if you are under any medical treatment, please consult with your doctor first before using essential oil.  

Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes







If you have sensitive skin, it is strongly advised that you perform a skin patch test before using any essential oils for the first time.




Website ; http://www.hoshogarden.com/history.html


T.Kawaguchi (2007). AROMATOPIA. vol.16/No5.  From; http://www.fragrance-j.co.jp/book/b210167.html


Lawless.A, (2014). Encyclopedia of Essential Oils : The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being


The magazine KORYOVol77(3, 1965)

The magazine KORYOVol96 (9, 1970)

The magazine KORYOVol119 (8, 1977)

The magazine KORYOVol130 (1, 1981)

SODA KORYO Seventy Years history(1986)