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May Chang Essential Oil

May Chang Essential Oil

"Litsea cubeba" by LiChieh Pan. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

May Chang Oil is also commonly referred to by its botanical name, Litsea Cubeba Oil.

Botanical Name

Litsea cubeba

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of May Chang Essential Oil

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Fruit

Color

Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Medium

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

May Chang Essential Oil smells sharp and has a complex lemony aroma.

May Chang Essential Oil Uses

  • Acne
  • Oily Skin
  • Perspiration
  • Indigestion

Source: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 127.

Major Constituents

  • Geranial
  • Neral
  • (+)-Limonene
  • Methyl Heptenone
  • B-Myrcene
  • Linalool
  • Geraniol
  • Sabinene
  • Linalyl Acetate
  • a-Pinene
  • B-Pinene
  • Nerol

Source: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 11. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 5, 1996), 62. L. Zhu, Y. Li, B. Li, et al. Aromatic Plants and Essential Constituents. (South China Institute of Botany, HK, 1993). Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349.

May Chang Essential Oil Safety Information

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.

General Safety Information

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. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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