|Latin name||Litsea cubeba|
|Synonyms||Litsea citrate, May Chang, Exotic verbena|
|Extraction||Distillation of the fruits|
|Origin||Native to the Far East – especially China, cultivated in Taiwan and Japan.|
|Plant characteristics||A small tropical tree with fragrant lemongrass-scented flowers and leaves. The small fruits are shaped like peppers, or lanterns from which the name cubeba was derived.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow oil with an intense lemony, fresh, fruity odour that is less aggressive than lemongrass.|
|Traditional use||In Chinese medicine it was used to treat dysmenorrhoea, indigestion, low back pain, headaches, chills, and travel sickness.|
|Blends well with||Lavender, rosewood, cinnamon, black pepper essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Slightly sensitising if used neat on the skin over a period of time. Otherwise, there are no contra-indications. Litsea is used as a fragrance component in air fresheners, colognes and perfumes.|
|Main chemical constituents||Aldehydes (citral)|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.