Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil (May Chang)
Botanical Name: Litsea cubeba
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Fruit
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: Heavy, sweet citrus
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Traditional Use: The oil is mostly used in the fragrance industry. The root and stem of the plant are used in Chinese medicine.
Properties: Antibiotic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, deodorant, digestive, insecticidal, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary
Benefits: Colds, flatulence, indigestion, insect repellant, oily skin, perspiration, poor appetite, stress, tissue toning, tonic. The insecticidal properties of this oil make it an appropriate substitute for Citronella oil, or addition to an insect repellant.
Blends Well With: Basil, bay, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang
Of Interest: The name cubeba is given to this plant because the small round fruits resemble those on the climbing shrub piper cubeba, a native plant of Java. You may also see Litsea cubeba under the names May Chang or mountain pepper.
Safety Data: May cause skin irritation.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).