Litsea cubeba Essential oil
Litsea Cubeba is the botanical name for May Chang, a tree belonging to the Lauraceae family. The tree bears whitish-yellowish flowers that have a characteristic citrusy fragrance and fruits that resemble peppers (that’s where the word ‘cubeb’ comes from).
The essential oil is extracted from the ripened and dried fruits of the Litsea Cubeba tree.
Also known as ‘Mountain Pepper’ or ‘Chinese Pepper’, the plant is native to south China, Indonesia, Java, Sumatra and other regions of Southeast Asia. It is widely cultivated in Japan and Taiwan for its commercial uses although China remains the largest producer and exporter of the oil.
The scent of Litsea Cubeba oil can be compared to Lemongrass, although the former is often described as “finer” and “sweeter” than the latter.
The oil is a tonic for the nervous system and can help with digestive problems as well.
The uses of Litsea Cubeba are not limited to health and wellness. This fabulous oil makes for an excellent skin tonic and can be used all over the house as a natural, organic cleansing agent.