It was not the day I came to know about Litsea Cubeba, it was not the day I came to know about its aromatherapy uses – when I developed an ‘intimacy’ for the essential oil of Litsea Cubeba essential oil. It was the flexible and versatile nature of this wonderful oil which made me fall for it; far ahead of its attracting, intense and citrus-like aroma! With plethora of benefits that aids in negating negative emotions, relieving from anger, stress and anxiety, toning up skin, digestive and nervous systems, fighting infections, this mystical oil is like a ‘Pandora’s Box! So, let us open the Pandora’s Box and get to know more of our May Chang oil. You will get to know how I fell in love with it, eventually.
What is May Change or Litsea Cubeba essential oil?
The May Chang or Litsea Cubeba is also known by the names of ‘Mountain Pepper’ or ‘Chinese Pepper’ is a small tree found in tropical areas in the regions of South-East Asia. The tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and bears whitish-yellowish flowers that have a characteristic citrusy fragrance and small berries-like fruits that look similar to Peppers (hence the word ‘Cubeb’ derived). The May Chang tree leaves too are characteristically ‘vibrant’ Green emitting a soothing and pleasant, Lemon-like scent. Those organically harvested and grown – small, Pepper-like fruits are steam distilled in religious ‘organic’ processing conditions to obtain the 100% pure and organic Litsea Cubeba essential oil for us.
It has conventionally been used in both Taiwan and Japan for many years now, yet, China enjoys the reputation of being the largest producer and exporter of this oil.
The whiff of Litsea Cubeba oil is often compared to that of Lemongrass oil as for their similarity; however the scent of the former is ‘sweeter’ and ‘finer’ than the later. Litsea Cubeba emits a crisp, citrus odor with a middle note aroma. Its scent is also evaluated with Lemon Verbena and Melissa oils, yet it is sweeter, finer and spot-on Citrusy in comparison.
One of my close friends in U.S.A. learnt from someone to use the 100% pure and natural Litsea Cubeba essential oil as a main ingredient in many of his “Best-Selling” blends. Both of us wholeheartedly appreciate the therapeutic attributes and the smooth, lovely whiff o
f the pure Litsea Cubeba essential oil. For those of you, who dislike the scents of certain essential oils that are meant to benefiy for your health, simply add a few drops of Litsea Cubeba unto them and Voila! You will fall in love with that wonderful and pleasant-smelling blend, I am very sure.
The magical essential oil of pure and organic Litsea Cubeba is known to blend well with Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose,Rosemary, Rosewood, Ylang-Ylang oils. The chemical compounds Neral and Geranial are the major constituents of this oil.
Let us now have a quick look at some of the awesome benefits of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil.
As for its tempting and tantalizing Lemon fragrance, Litsea Cubeba is widely used in preparing exclusive fragrances and hence in the perfumery and cosmetic industries. Its scent makes an effect of ‘uplift’ and ‘rejuvenation’ immediately and hence very useful for addressing the emotional problems and psychological issues of the concerned individual(s). It is the perfect anti-dote to overcome ‘blues’ arising due change in seasons, anger, anxiety, stress, irritability and of course emotions causing ‘negativity’.
Therapeutically, the essential oil of Litsea Cubeba possesses anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that are very effective in combating infections, coughs and colds. On adding pop a few drops into a vaporizer may aid in treating respiratory disorders and problems. On the internet, I came to know of a recent study, published in PLUS ONE Journal that suggests that inhaling fumes of Litsea Cubeba essential oil may eliminate lung cancer cells and even arrest their further growth. Litsea Cubeba essential oil is also famed for its utility in treating infectious skin conditions such as Athlete’s Foot – thanks to its much stated anti-fungal attribute.
The oil is not only a ‘tonic’ for the nervous and digestive system but an excellent skin tonic as well. If your skin is prone to acne and breakouts, Litsea Cubeba essential oil is all what you need. Its astringent nature cleanses skin pores, whereas its anti-microbial attribute minimizes and eliminate the skin infection sources besides its anti-inflammatory action healing the existing burns. I learnt it from one of the piece I read on the internet: “Mix 7 drops of Litsea Cubeba in a 1 Oz bottle of Jojoba Oil and dab it all over your face twice a day.” Try this recipe for a glowing and radiant face!
One of my wife’s friends read an article on May Chang oil’s benefits for the digestive system and she came running to me to tell me about it. I reproduce that piece as it is – “Litsea Cubeba is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help with indigestion and flatulence. It is known to have a stimulant action on the digestive system and can be useful for those with poor appetite.”
It further mentioned of a handy recipe as well – “Whenever you have tummy troubles, mix 4-5 drops of Litsea Cubeba essential oil into any carrier oil and massage your stomach in circular strokes.”
I have a terrible problem with my body odor and did not have any solution till I found this wonderful essential oil of Litsea Cubeba. Are you also suffering from body odor problems? The pure and organic Litsea Cubeba essential oil arrests excessive perspiration and checks bacterial growth – the main reasons that cause unpleasant body odor. Just pour a few drops of the essential oil into your regular body lotion and turn it into a fragrant deodorant –totally free of any harmful chemicals and alcohol!
The uses and benefits of Litsea Cubeba oil are not restricted to health and wellness only. This fabulous oil can be used all over the house as a natural and organic cleanser. Litsea Cubeba oil is enriched with disinfectant and insect repellant properties that make it an excellent, stand-alone and all-natural household cleaner. You may use it as it is or blend it with Tea Tree Oil (which is another naturally powerful disinfectant) to make your home smell delightful and scratch clean. That gives you good enough reasons to bid adieu to those harsh chemical cleaners that are neither good for the environment nor for us.
I believe to have given you reasons enough to fall in love with this wonderful gift from Mother Nature. Let me know, if and when you have fallen for it!