Litsea Cubeba is also known as May Chang. Similar to lemongrass with a sweet lemony high note.
|County of Origin||China|
|Therapeutic Properties||Analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-bacterial, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, insect repellent, sedative|
|Approx. Shelf Life||3 years|
|Note Classification||Top | Middle|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
History: Has a long medicinal history in China. It is used to treat indigestion, lower back pain, chills, headaches, muscular aches and pains, and travel sickness. Distillation of this oil began in the 1950's as competition with lemongrass.
Characteristics: A top note with a medium aroma, Litsea Cubeba has a crisp, citrus smell. It has been compared to Lemongrass and Lemon Verbena, but it is sweeter than Lemongrass without the musty note, and more accurately citrus in its scent than Melissa.
Indications: Used for acne, dermatitis, excessive perspiration, greasy skin, insect repellent, flatulence, indigestion, epidemics, high blood pressure, nervous tension. Used to cool, calm, improve digestion, reduce stress, uplift moods, revive, improve mental clarity, and relieve pain.
Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath (with appropriate carrier oil), diffusor, light bulb ring, massage, mist spray.
Safety: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.