May Chang

Essential Oil of ­­­­May Chang

Litsea cubeba


Family: Lauraceae

Origin: Asia, China and Malaysia

Plant description: A small tree with spicy fruits and fragrant leaves and flowers

Part of plant used for essential oil: Tree/Fruit

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Geraniol, Linalool (Alcohol), Citral, Citronellal (Aldehydes), Linalyl acetate (Ester), Cineole (Ketone), Cadinene (Sesquiterpenes), Limonene, Sabinene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: May cause irritation to skin and mucous membranes, best to use well diluted in a carrier oil and in low doses. Avoid using on individuals with sensitive or damaged skin. May be sensitizing. Robert Tisserand suggests that the oil not be used with people who have Glaucoma. Not to be used with children under five years old.

PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Astringent, Bacteriacide, Carminative, Galactagogue, Insecticide, Stimulant, Tonic



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: A tonic to the heart and said to be helpful with coronary heart disease.

Digestive: A digestive stimulant that can relieve flatulence, nausea, and encourage appetite.

Immune System: Eases oral thrush

Mental/Emotional: Uplifting and stimulating to the mind and seems to create a “sunny” atmosphere

Reproductive: Useful for lactation difficulties

Respiratory system: Said to be a bronchodilator and may be helpful in cases of bronchitis or asthma.

Skin care: Tonic and astringent properties encourage a balancing action on oily skin and hair


About this essential oil: May Chang is a beautiful, lemony oil that people sometimes use to complement Lemongrass. The name cubeba is given to this plant because the small round fruits resemble those on the climbing shrub piper cubeba, a native plant of Java. You may also see May Chang under the name mountain pepper.


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