You shower first to get clean, then you soak up to your neck, and the oils help you relax. Hinoki’s scent is said to reduce stress, while the oils are believed to help heal skin problems like rashes, abrasions and other irritations.
The wood gives off a lemony scent and is said to work well as a nasal decongestant. It’s absolutely wonderful — it smells great if you just walk in the room, but if you fill it with hot water, then it’s really aromatic.
Not ready for a hinoki wood tub? We recommend buying a bath tea with hinoki wood shavings that will give you the aroma and add the benefits of the oils for a healthful Japanese-style soak.