• May Chang (Litsea cubeba) Essential Oil

May Chang (Litsea cubeba) Essential Oil

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May Chang (Litsea cubeba) essential oil has a spicy, lemony, citrus aroma with vegetative notes. Known as an 'oil of tranquility' May Chang is recognized for its ability to promote physical relaxation and mental calm.
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Litsea cubeba (May Chang or Exotic Verbena) essential oil is obtained from the small, pepper-like fruits of a small tropical tree with fragrant leaves and flowers.

This exotic plant has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine for treating conditions such as aches, pains, headaches, period pain, asthma, chills and digestive problems. The oil has also, historically, has been blended with Almond Oil and used to perfume the body prior to meditation or prayer, in order to impart a sense of strength, calm and mental clarity. 

May Chang essential oil, has a citrussy aroma that is somewhere between orange and lemon. It has a gentle pungency that can be helpful if you wish to cover the scent of an aromatherapy oil which is helpful to the client but not always appreciated in terms of scent. Tea Tree and Clary Sage essential oil are two prime examples.

May Chang is known as an 'oil of tranquility' and is recognized for its powerful effect in terms of promoting physical relaxation and mental calm. It is particularly recommended for those suffering from work related stress and an inability to switch off. It is also useful for skincare.

  • Species: Litsea cubeba
  • Plant family: Lauraceae
  • Origin: China 
  • Note: Top
  • Extraction method: Steam distilled


Safety Note:
Non toxic. May be sensitizing for  sensitive skin.

May Chang (Litsea cubeba) essential oil is popular for use in skincare. It has strong antiseptic properties that are particularly useful for treating oily skin, blemishes and acne. Its antifungal properties can be beneficial for athletes foot and it can also be used to deodorise and combat excessive perspiration.
Litsea cubeba oil has a tonic effect on the nervous system and can help to boost concentration and provide clarity of thought when you are feeling nervous, stressed, anxious or confused. Its uplifting action is said to create a sense of inner lightness where negativity has set in. 
May Chang has a revitalising, stimulating, uplifting action that may help to relieve fatigue and lethargy. Its antiseptic, anti-viral properties area ideal for cleansing the atmosphere and helping to prevent coughs, colds and flu. It has a tonic effect on the respiratory system and a mild stimulant effect on the digestive system which can be helpful for problems such as constipation, indigestion and trapped wind.
Blends well with:
Middle notes (herbs and flowers) and citrus oils. Also works particularly well with Sandalwood or Cedarwood.

Allergens Listing:

Citral 78%, Geraniol 1.5%, Citronellol 1.5%, Limonene 15%, Linalool 3%

Relaxing Aromatherapy Bath:

Blend 8 drops of May Chang (Litsea cubeba) essential oil, 4 drops of Neroli and 2 drops of Rose otto with14ml of Sunflower oil. Run a bath of warm, not hot, water, add up to 5ml of the blended aromatherapy oils, agitate the water to mix, and relax for a minimum of twenty minutes. Avoid splashing the water in the eyes.

Relaxing Massage Blend:

Blend 30ml Sweet Almond oil with 2 drops May Chang, 2 drops Rose, 4 drops Bergamot and 6 drops Geranium.

Diffuser Blend:

Blend 4 drops of May Chang, 2 drops of Bergamot and 1 drop of Sandalwood and add to an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporiser. The aroma of the oils, when inhaled will have a positive effect on body systems as well as the mood and emotions.

Atmosphere Spray:

Blend 100ml Rose Otto Hydrolat, 20 drops of Bergamot and 4 drops each of May Chang , Rose and Neroli. Shake well and spritz into the room to encourage clarity and calm.

Chest Rub for Minor Chest Ailments:

Blend 4 drops of May Chang, 2 drops of Ravensara and 1 drop of Cajeput in 14ml of fragrance free Moisturising Lotion and apply to the chest and back twice a day.

Massage Blend for Stomach Pain / Indigestion:

Mix 20ml Sweet Almond oil or Moisturising Cream with 2 drops May Chang, 4 drops Sweet Orange and 2 drops Ginger. Massage into the tummy in a clockwise direction.

Aromatherapy Facial Oil for Oily & Acne Prone Skin:

Blend 4 drops of May Chang, 1 drop of Lemon and 2 drops of Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) in 28ml of Hazelnut oil and massage into the affected areas before going to bed.

Foot Spray for Sweaty Feet:

Mix 120ml Orange Flower Hydrolat with 3 drops May Chang,  5 drops Sandalwood, 10 drops Bergamot and 15 drops Geranium.

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