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Litsea Essential Oil

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For those essential oil fans who are looking for something special to add to their collections, Litsea is it.

With a fresh lemony and green aroma, Litsea is often used in air fresheners and toiletries. It replaces synthetic citral in many fragrances. 

A small tropical tree, Litsea is native to China and is used to block wind. Its fragrant flowers and leaves have a similar aroma to Lemongrass. The fruit of the tree is put through a steam distillation process to extract the oil. It’s camphorous and subtle sweet aroma blends well with resin-based essential oils.


Botanical Name: Litsea cubeba

Origin: China

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Fruit

Note: Top - Middle

Family: Lauraceae

Synonym: May Chang

Blends Well With: Frankincense and other resins

Aroma: Lemony, green, and camphorous with notes of subtle sweetness

Consistency: Thin

Color: Pale Yellow

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Litsea batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Litsea cubeba. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

Possible drug interactions.

Adult Max Dilution: 0.8%

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

UPLIFT: Add: 5 drops of Litsea, 5 drops of Grapefruit and 5 drops of Lemon. Or add 5-6 drops of Litsea to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

RELEASE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Litsea, 5 drops of Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Tangerine.

INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Ledum, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

FIRST AID: To a 2 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Litsea, 15 drops of Tea Tree, 4 drops of Lavender and 2 ounces aloe vera gel. (2% dilution)

BATHROOM SPRAY: In an 8 ounce spray bottle add: 30 drops of Litsea, 10 drops of Lime, 15 drops of Lemon, 25 drops of Tea Tree, 10 drops of Lemongrass and 10 drops of Thyme, then fill with distilled water and 1 tbsp of grain alcohol. Shake well before each use.


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