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Litsea Essential Oil

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Edens Garden's Litsea essential oil is a must-have for enthusiasts seeking a unique addition to their aromatic repertoire. As enchanting as it is practical, Litsea glows with a fresh, lemony scent that rivals the morning sun for invigoration. Native to China, this small tropical tree doesn't just stand steadfast against the wind but also gives us an oil bursting with the power to cleanse and rejuvenate. The steam distillation process captures the essence of its fragrant flowers and leaves, offering you a scent that weds the crispness of lemongrass with a subtle camphorous whisper and a hint of sweetness.

Whether diffused to purify your living space or added to your homemade cleaners, Litsea brings a refreshing touch to your daily life. It’s more than just a pleasant aroma; this oil carries the secret to clearer skin thanks to its gentle astringent properties, which cleanse pores, and its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action that calms skin irritations. Its versatility shines when blended with resin-based essential oils, creating a symphony of fragrances that elevate your mood and your environment.

Imagine starting each day with an atmosphere that reflects clarity and cleanliness, thanks to a few drops of Litsea in your morning routine. Or, infuse your next DIY candle project with its zestful aroma for an uplifting glow that transforms any room. While the lively dance of its lemony aroma works wonders on the senses, remember to dilute properly with a carrier oil if applied topically, and always consult with a healthcare professional if you're pregnant or under medical care. Embark on a sensory journey of wellness and affordability with Edens Garden’s Litsea essential oil, where every drop promises quality and purity, ready to revitalize your world.


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

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
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Litsea the same as May Chang essential oil?
  • Litsea, otherwise known by its Latin binomial, Litsea cubeba originally was only known in western circles by its name. In the 1950s it began making its beneficial properties began making its way to western countries. It now is also well known by its common name, May Chang. It carries a beautiful, sharp lemon aromatic. This plant also can go by the name Chinese Pepper or Mountain Pepper.
What is Litsea essential oil?
  • Litsea cubeba, or May Chang, is an essential oil steam distilled from the evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 15-25 feet high. It is part of the Lauraceae family of plants. It is native to the Southern Chinese region and Taiwan as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia. The essential oil is steam distilled from the ripe berries. It has a long history of use in Chinese herbal medicine for many things including digestive issues, muscular aches and even headaches.
What is Litsea essential oil used for?
  • May Chang, Litsea can help the user release stress and uplift the mood. It is a fantastic anti-fungal. It has cooling abilities as well as is a good anti-inflammatory for muscles, joints and skin issues. These abilities work to reduce a number of maladies in massage oil blends for issues with digestion, pain from arthritis and muscle aches. In respiratory blends, it can deepen breath and help those with asthma. It also has sedative properties. Its antimicrobial properties can serve cleaning products well. You may even find yourself using it in insect repellent blends.
Does Litsea essential oil and Lemongrass smell good together?
  • Lemongrass and Litsea are very comparable oils aromatically. Due to the fact that they are so similar it might be preferable to use one or the other. Lemongrass is slightly more earthy in its aromatic notes where Litsea has deep citrus notes. One way to see which oil you would prefer is to hold each one up to your nose to see where your mood takes you. To understand if the two oils are desirable together to your nose, hold the two open bottles together under your nose and breathe in the aroma deeply. Then make your decision. Essential oils really come down to personal likes and dislikes.
How much is Litsea essential oil?
  • Litsea or May Chang is not a very expensive essential oil. For up to date prices, always check the website.
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.

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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