Litsea Pure Essential Oil

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Litsea Pure Essential Oil


Common Name: Litsea

Latin Name: Litsea cubeba

INCI Name: Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil


Scent: Sharp, bright, intense lemon-lime like scent with a heady undertone

Parts Used: Peels

Extraction Method: Cold Pressed

Origin: China


Blends Well With

Bergamot (Citrus), Cajuput, Cedarwood, Cinnamon (Leaf), Citronella, Clove (Bud), Cornmint, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium (Rose), Ginger, Gingergrass, Grapefruit (Pink), Helichrysum (Italicum), Helichrysum (Rambiazina), Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Sage (Clary), Tangerine, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang

Formula Cards – Coming Soon!

Plant Description

Native to Southeast Asia (including China, Indonesia and Taiwan), this member of the laurel family is an evergreen tree reaching 15-36 feet in height.  The tree produces lovely, small, white flowers that produce a small, black berry that resemble peppercorns. 

Ancient Wisdom - Historical Uses

New to western society, May Chang oil, Litsea Cubeba, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for eliminating windevil and dispelling the cold in the body, promotes the movement of qi allaying swelling and pain and commonly used for lower back pain. 

Topically – Acne, antiseptic, deodorant, dermatitis, disinfectant, excessive perspiration, headache, insect repellent, menstrual cramps, motion sickness, muscle ache, oily skin ...

Inhalation – Anxiety, headache, motion sickness, sedative, stress, tension …


Modern Knowledge – Scientific Research

Ho CL, Jie-Pinge O, Liu YC, Hung CP, Tsai MC, Liao PC, Wang EI, Chen YL, Su YC. Compositions and in vitro anticancer activities of the leaf and fruit oils of Litsea cubeba from Taiwan. Nat Prod Commu. 2010 Apr;5(4):617-20.


Lisong Hu, Menghao Du, Jingping Zhang, Yangdong Wang. Chemistry of the Main Component of Essential Oil of Litsea cubeba and Its Derivatives. Open Journal of Forestry, 2014, 4, 457-466 Published Online October 2014 in SciRes.


Active Compounds Litsea Is Known For

α-pinene, α-terpineneol, α-terpineol, β-caryophyllene, β-citral, β-myrcene, β-pinene, p-cymene, γ-terpinene, d-Limonene, d-limonene, (E)-p-Menth-2-en-ol, α-citral, borneol, camphene, daryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, cis-Limonene oxide, citral, citronellal, citronellol, eugenol, geranial, geraniol, heptenonecineole, isopulegone, linalool, neral, nerol, piperitone, terpinene-4-ol, thujanol, verbenol, …

Not For Internal Use

Keep Out Of Reach Of Children

Dilute Properly

Avoid Eyes & Mucus Membranes



Not For Young Children

Avoid With Glaucoma and Prostatic Hyperplasia

Possible Hormone-Like Action

Possible Skin Irritant/Sensitivity

If pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your doctor prior to use.

If adverse reaction occurs, stop using immediately and seek appropriate medical attention.



The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should use herbs with care, under the supervision of a healthcare provider.

A drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6.[i]

There is a risk of teratogenicity.[ii]


[i] Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349-350.

[ii] Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349-350.