Mountain Rose Herbs

Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

  • Litsea cubeba
  • Origin: China
Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil


Parts Used


Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification



Heavy, sweet citrus


The oil is mostly used in the fragrance industry. The root and stem of the plant are used in Chinese medicine.

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

Herbal Miscellany

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.


Oil Specific: May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. 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.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.