Essential Oils - May Chang

May Chang is a lovely essential oil that brings to mind lemongrass and even citronella, but it has a smoother, sweeter note to it. This essential oil is used in the perfume industry as a base note, which is used to anchor other scents, and in personal toiletries. The fruit of the May Chang tree are used in Taiwan as a spice for food, beverages and it’s consumed as a medicinal drink.

Name of Oil: May Chang (frequently referred to by its Latin name of Litsea Cubeba)
Latin Name: Litsea Cubeba
Areas of Origin: Southern China, Indonesia, Java and Sumatra
Historical Use: Used in Chinese medicine for treating various ailments
General Growth, Habitat: A small deciduous tree that can grow from 16-26’. The leaves are white to pale-yellow and smell like lemons and the fruit are like peppercorns which turn red from green when they are ripe
Parts Used in Distillation: Fruit
Scent: Sweet and lemon-like
Uses:  Insect repellent, fights infection, eases muscle pain, prevents acne and treats oily skin.
Emotional Use: Aids in expressing positive emotions; it is stimulating and uplifting
Safety: May cause skin irritation; avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to a diffuser to stimulate the mind or uplift it if one is feeling down
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and massage into skin affected by eczema or psoriasis
  • Add drop of the essential oil to a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, and massage onto the face to alleviate acne
  • Add 2 drops of the essential oil to some lotion and apply before going outdoors to repel insects

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

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