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.


Kitchen Cupboard Underground is a weekly blog on home remedies and natural wellness. Find 100% natural, wellness and personal care products Made for You and delivered to your door at BotanicalTherapy.com.
Receive Kitchen Cupboard Underground with a Free Subscription.

Advertisement

Botanical TherapyComment