May Chang Essential Oil (Litsea cubeba)
May Chang may also be referred to as Aromatic Litsea. It is typically processed in Vietnam, China using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the fruit or flowers.
May Chang oil comes from the fruit of the Litsea cubeba tree. It has a sweet citrus scent. It has an antiseptic and antidepressant effect.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): Aromatic Litsea
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Synonyms(s) for Litsea cubeba: Actinodaphne citrata, Benzoin citratum, Benzoin cubeba, Cylicodaphne citrata, Daphnidium cubeba, Laurus cubeba, Laurus piperita, Lindera citrata, Litsea citrata, Litsea cubeba f. glabrata, Litsea cubeba f. obtusifolia, Litsea hui, Litsea piperita, Malapoenna citrata, Malapoenna cubeba, Malapoenna oliveriana, Persea cubeba, Tetranthera citrata, Tetranthera cubeba, Tetranthera cubeba, Tetranthera floribunda, Tetranthera polyantha
- Botanical Family: Lauraceae
- Botanical Genus: Litsea
- Chemical Family: Aldehydes
- Major Compounds: Geranial, Neral, (+)-Limonene, Methyl Heptenone, B-Myrcene, Linalool, Geraniol, Sabinene, Linalyl Acetate, a-Pinene, B-Pinene, Nerol
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Consistency: Thin
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Color: Yellow
- Countries of Production: Vietnam, China
- Indigenous Country: India
- Cultivation: Unsprayed
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Fruit or Flowers
- Shelf Life: 3 years
[NE] Not Evaluated
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
- Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
- Not recommend or safe for children
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Indigestion Skin : Oily Skin : Sweaty Spots ( Acne ) Sweaty Feet
Therapeutic Benefits of May Chang:
Analgesic Anti-anxiety Anti-bacterial Anti-convulsant Anti-depressant Anti-fungal Anti-inflammatory Anti-microbial Anti-spasmodic Anti-viral Insect Repellent Sedative Sudorific
Other Uses for May Chang:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using May Chang:
Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 and that there is a risk of teratogenicity. They precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.8%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349-350.]
This essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using it in the bath, even if it is solubilized/diluted.
Safety Precautions for May Chang:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
May Chang Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Synergistic repellent and irritant effect of combined essential oils on Aedes aegypti (L.) mosquitoes.
- PubMed: Antibacterial Activity and Kinetics of Litsea cubeba Oil on Escherichia coli.
- PubMed: Hydrothermal liquefaction of Litsea cubeba seed to produce bio-oils.
- PubMed: Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) repellency field tests of essential oils from plants traditionally used in Laos.
- PubMed: Vapor of volatile oils from Litsea cubeba seed induces apoptosis and causes cell cycle arrest in lung cancer cells.
- PubMed: Chemical composition of essential oils of Litsea cubeba harvested from its distribution areas in China.
- PubMed: Antimicrobial impact of the components of essential oil of Litsea cubeba from Taiwan and antimicrobial activity of the oil in food systems.
- PubMed: [Analysis of volatile oil from different parts of Litsea cubeba].
- PubMed: The fungicidal terpenoids and essential oil from Litsea cubeba in Tibet.
- PubMed: Phototoxicity of essential oils intended for cosmetic use.
- PubMed: Compositions and in vitro anticancer activities of the leaf and fruit oils of Litsea cubeba from Taiwan.
- PubMed: Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of essential oils from different parts of Litsea cubeba.
- PubMed: Comparative toxicity of essential oils of Litsea pungens and Litsea cubeba and blends of their major constituents against the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni.
- PubMed: Repellent activity of essential oils against cockroaches (Dictyoptera: Blattidae, Blattellidae, and Blaberidae) in Thailand.
- PubMed: Authenticity control of essential oils containing citronellal and citral by chiral and stable-isotope gas-chromatographic analysis.
- PubMed: Repellency effect of forty-one essential oils against Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex mosquitoes.
- PubMed: Investigation of the dermal sensitization potential of various essential oils in the local lymph node assay.
- PubMed: Acute and genetic toxicity of essential oil extracted from Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers.
- PubMed: Effects of citral on Aspergillus flavus spores by quasi-elastic light scattering and multiplex microanalysis techniques.
- PubMed: [Chemical composition of essential oil from leaves of litsea cubeba and its antifungal activities].
- PubMed: Evaluation of massage with essential oils on childhood atopic eczema.
- PubMed: [Preliminary study of the antifungal effect of volatile oil of Litsea cubeba and its extracts].
- PubMed: [Pharmacological studies on anti-asthmatic and anti-anaphylactic activities of the essential oil of Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers. (author's transl)].