litsea cubeba

Litsea Cubeba oil

Litsea Cubeba Oil (May Chang) is extracted from the pepper-shaped fruits of the tree belonging to the speciesLauraceae by steam distillation. The oil is a pale yellow liquid with a lemony fresh and fruity odour. The scent of May Chang is closer to lemongrass, but is sweeter and finer than lemongrass. China is the mainsupplier for Litsea Cubeba, but it is also grown in Japan and Taiwan. It is also known by the name exotica verbena, and tropical verbena. It is commonly known as may chang or mountain pepper. The gets its name from the round and small frueits that it has – similar to the frut yield by the piper cubeba, native of Java. Litsea Cubeba is known as an 'oil of tranquillity' and is known for its powerful effect in terms of promoting physical relaxation and mental calmness.

Scientific Name : Litsea Cubeba
Country of Origin : China
Colour and odor : Heavy, sweet lemony odor that is pale yellow in color
Extraction Method : Steam distilled

The oil finds great usage in the frangrance market for making cosmetics for the skin. The stem and roo of the plant find usage in Chinese medicine. The insecticidal action of this oil makesgreat for use in place of Citronella oil as an insect repellent. The fragrance of may chang oil is widely used in making deodorants, diffusers, room freshener and colognes.

Therapeutic Properties

Litesiaoil or May Chang helps to open up the bronchial passages for people suffering from bronchitis, allergies, asthma and other chest ailments. It is most lauded for its calming properties and anti- inflammatory nature. Other therapeutic actions of Maychang are that it acts as an astringent, antiseptic, tonic and stimulant This oil is can be used for cleansing the skin. It functions as a bronchial dilator, therefore helpful for relieving symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. This oil is helpful in treatment of anxiety, lethargy, insomniaand depression. The oil has a long medicinal history in China in using it to treat chills, indigestion, lower back pain,headaches, muscular aches and pains and travel sickness

Blends well with

Litesia Oil blends well with Cardamom, cedar wood, chamomile, petitgrain, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, palmarosa, orange, rosemary, patchouli, thyme, sandalwood, ylang ylang, tea tree, bay, vetiver, black pepper, basil, coriander, cypress ginger, juniper, clary sage, marjoram and grapefruit.


For years I was suffering from bouts of asthma, but the use of Litsea Cubeba oil turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I got rid of the chronic asthma just a few weeks.Great that I have this by my side. Love you Natures Naturals India. Thanks lots and Ill keep coming back to you!
- Alisha Fort

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