Hinoki, (Chamaecyparis obtusa), or Japanese Cypress is one of the most prized quality of wood in Japan for few simple reasons:
1) Hinoki has excellent strenght and mechanical resistance
2) Hinoki trees grow high and straight like poles, making it ideal to use for construction
3) Hinoki wood contains natural bactericidal agents so it resists to mold, and insects
4) Hinoki doesn`t fear humidity and does not rot. Hinoki structures last 1000`s of years!
HINOKI & HEALTH
Hinoki wood oil is highly therapeutic: it contains minerals and essential oils such as Thiol: for this reason it is mostly used as raw materials for soaps, antiseptics, perfumes, cosmetics, and hair restoration treatments.
While resins from other evergreens are known for causing skin irritations, hinoki wood oil is gentle on the body and skin: it is traditionally used to treat skin irritations and injuries thanks to its antibacterial and antifungus action.
When inhalated, Hinoki wood oil acts as a decongestant of the respiratory system, is used to cure asthma and as a tonic for the nervous system.
For this reason, Hinoki wood oil is also widely used in aromatherpy to reduce stress.