Litsea Cubeba Oil
Also known as May Chang, Litsea Cubeba is a small plant found in tropical areas. The leaves are typically a vibrant green with a pleasant, lemony smell. It produces small, pepper-like fruits from which the essential oil is extracted.
This healing essential oil has antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, stimulant, and carminative properties. These properties all come from its chemical composition, which is primarily citral, Geraniol, and neral. Litsea Oil can also be added to normal hair or skin care products to enhance their scents as well as add or enhance the antifungal and antibacterial qualities of the product.
May Chang is also a great flavor for incense and is quite popular in aromatherapy. Litsea Cubeba essential oil can be used aromatically to alleviate stress and anxiety and relieve respiratory conditions or topically to reduce chances of infection, keep skin healthy, disinfect surfaces, and more. The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties of this oil work together to calm a wide variety of respiratory conditions. This includes conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough and allergies. Additionally, the antimicrobial properties help fight harmful pathogens. To breathe easier, diffuse Litsea Cubeba essential oil throughout your home. Alternatively, mix with a carrier oil and massage onto the chest and neck.