Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Aromatic litsea, May chang
Latin Name Litsea cubeba, Litsea citrata
Botanical Family Lauraceae
Plant Detail Litsea is an evergreen shrub native to Southern Asia that can reach 10 meters high with small berries resembling peppers, hence the name “Mountain pepper”. Despite its lemon-scented leaves and flowers, it doesn’t belong to the citrus fruits family but is related to the Laurel and Cinnamon.
Native Region Southern Asia

About the Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

Essential Oil Name Litsea essential oil
Origin China
Part Used Fruit
Scent Sweet citrus, Heavy, Spicy, Fresh
Extraction Method Steam distillation (China)
Production Between 3 and 8 ML of Litsea essential oil with 1 KG of plant*

* Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

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Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, otherwise known as May Chang Oil, has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries. Traditionally it has treated pain and digestive problems, but today we know that Litsea Cubeba Oil hosts a whole multitude of benefits.

Here’s all you need to know about May Chang Essential Oil in aromatherapy and how it can be used to rejuvenate your skin, health and mind.

What is Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil used for?

  • Energise: Litsea Cubeba Oil is packed full of potent antioxidants. When used on your complexion, it has a powerful re-energising effect.

    These active compounds in May Chang Oil work deep down within your epidermis, repairing and renewing skin cells to help rejuvenate your complexion. Stronger, your skin will be able to protect itself from free radicals to prevent premature ageing and maintain a youthful glow.

  • Purify: Thanks to its citric composition, May Chang Essential Oil is a great ingredient to purify the skin.

    Along with Black Pepper Oil [link to Decléor black pepper oil article when online], Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil works to penetrate pores and cleanse them from stubborn impurities and toxins, leaving your complexion purified.

  • Balance: Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil can work wonders for oily, acne-prone skin. It helps to balance sebum production as well as tone the epidermis and reduce the appearance of pores.

    If acne is your primary concern, also look to other Essential Oils such as Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil

Where does Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil come from?

Litsea Cubeba is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 26 feet high. Native to the southern region of China, it has beautifully delicate white or pale-yellow flowers.

May Chang Essential Oil is produced through a process of steam distillation. The oil is taken from the tree’s flowers, branches, roots and leaves.

History of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

  • A spicy fruit: The Taiwanese aborigines used Litsea Cubeba in culinary preparation thanks to its hot and spicy taste. On the other end of the spectrum, May Chang flowers were also used in medicinal tea.
  • An ancient medicine: Centuries ago, Chinese herbalists used Litsea Cubeba Oil for treating digestive ailments, chills, back pain and muscular aches.
  • A spiritual oil: In Ayurvedic medicine, Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil is said to pacify excess negative energy and rebalance spirituality.

Facts about Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

  • An intoxicating aroma: The scent of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil is fairly similar to Lemongrass, except it is finer and sweeter.
  • A natural repellent: Litsea Cubeba Oil is ranked the most effective mosquito repellent out of all the Essential Oils.
  • Be zen: Often referred to by aromatherapists as the ‘Oil of Tranquility’, the fragrance of May Chang Essential Oil is well known for its ability to promote physical relaxation and mental calm.

Adopt the power of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil and reap the numerous rewards for your body, mind and skin.