Raw Material Introduction|Taiwan Benihi (Hinoki)

Taiwan Benihi (Hinoki)

Scientific nameChamaecyparis formosensis
Classification|Wood series
Specifications|500g-25kg Please contact sales for details
Extraction part|Wood
Extraction method | Cryogenic distillation
Plant family|Cupressaceae (Chamaecyparis)
Aroma|Woody, with refreshing wood resin aroma

▎Essential Oil Introduction

Hinoki (cypress) mainly grows in mountainous areas with an altitude of 1,500 to 2,500 meters. These Hinoki trees settled in Taiwan during the glacial period. Taiwan provides an excellent latitude for growth and geographical environment, it has nurtured a superior Hinoki ecology and quality, and also allowed such precious wood to be preserved.

The first discovered specimens of Hinoki were transported to Tokyo and officially named in 1901 as Taiwan Benihi. Taiwan Benihi is closely related to the Japanese Hinoki (Chamaecyparis pisifera) and both originally had extensive forests, which have significantly diminished over time due to excessive logging, making them highly valuable.

Taiwan Benihi is a unique species found in Taiwan. Its bark is smooth and thin, and the wood has no spicy scent, making it commonly used in high-end construction and furniture materials.

▎Component Analysis

|Main Component:Sesquiterpenols

Taiwan Benihi has a particularly high content of Hinokitiol, and its natural hinokitiol fragrance can relieve nervousness and stress. At present, there are fewer and fewer Taiwan Benihi trees in the world. The Hinokitiol secreted by the tree can protect itself from insects and diseases, so it can survive for more than a thousand years, and it has become a sacred tree.

Taiwan Benihi essential oil extracted from the branches is mainly Sesquiterpenols, while the essential oil extracted from the needle-like leaves is mainly monoterpenes. There are also other ingredients, such as: myrtenol, myrtenyl, g-cadiene, terpene, camphorene, p-cymene, and terpineol, camphor, etc.


▸ Taiwan Benihi has a high content of Hinokitiol.

Research Validation

▸ Studies show the association of hinokitiol in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC).

▸ Recent studies have shown that Hinokitiol is effective against a variety of human viruses, including rhinovirus, coxsackievirus and mangovirus, when used in combination with zinc compounds.

▸ Its components are currently widely used in medicines, cosmetics, edibles, etc. in Germany, Japan, the United States and other countries.

|Raw Material Certifications


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