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May Chang Essential Oil – Organic

  • Distillation Method: Steam
  • Country of Origin: Vietnam
  • Plant Part: Seed
  • Latin Name: Litsea cubeba
  • Cultivation: Certified Organic

About the Oil: This is a lovely, fresh Litsea with a pleasant lemony citrus aroma. May Chang is a beautiful, lemony oil that people sometimes use to complement Lemongrass.

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Product Description

About The Plant

May Chang is a small tropical tree with fragrant, lemongrass-scented leaves and flowers. The small fruits are shaped like peppers. Native to east Asia, especially China, Litsea cubeba is cultivated in Taiwan and Japan. China is the main producer of the oil, much of which is used by the Chinese themselves.

About The Oil

May Chang essential oil is also commonly referred to by the tree's botanical name: Litsea. The essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of a small tropical tree native to eastern Asia. Also known as mountain pepper, exotic verbena, and tropical verbena, the tree is known for its scented flowers and foliage, and small berries shaped like peppers. The aroma is often compared to Lemongrass, though it is considered by many to be finer, and may be the better choice from a purely aromatic standpoint.

Of Interest

The May Chang tree is planted as a windbreaker in China.

Therapeutic Properties


Neutralizes microbes
Neutralizes fungi
Neutralizes insects
Deters insects
Firms and contracts exposed tissue
Reduces moisture loss
Tones and restores venous circulation
Promotes the healing of tissues
Reduces redness
Diminishes swelling
Reduces excess perspiration
Indicated for: oily skin, blemished skin, dermatitis, excess perspiration


Neutralizes microbes


Settles digestion
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response


Promotes sleep
Calms the nervous system
Relieves stress
Lessens anxiety
Improves mood



Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
The calming effects of May Chang may be helpful for those in need of deep sleep. The oil can blend well with Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils for this purpose. This blend can be massaged on the feet, used in a bath or in a diffuser.


Massage, compress, bath, skincare
May Chang may be a real treasure, and significantly underused. Its antimicrobial properties are easily employed in blends for oily skin and acne care: use up to 5% in an axstringent carrier oil such as Hazelnut or Grapeseed. It has a gentle cooling effect, and acts as an excellent overall skin tonic.

Other uses include support of digestion and reducing flatulence; a low concentration belly massage formula in any carrier oil may be effective. The essential oil is also thought to help with excessive perspiration and deodorization.

Aromatherapy Details

May Chang is a pale-yellow, mobile oil with an intensely lemon-like, fresh and sweet aroma.

It blends well with Indian Spikenard and Elemi


Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, However, it may cause skin sensitivity in some individuals. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.

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