Litsea Cubeba Oil

Litsea Cubeba plant

What is Litsea Cubeba Oil?

Traditionally a spice (mountain pepper) used by Taiwanese aborigines and as a windbreaker and medicinal plant in Chinese villages, the litsea cubeba also known as "May Chang", belongs to the same family of plants as lavender, rosewood, and cinnamon. The name 'cubeb' is given to the plant due to its pepper-shaped fruit which is primarily used as a spice in food. It is native from southeast Asia, especially China and Taiwan. Litsea cubeba oil is extracted through steam distillation the fruits of the plant. China is the largest producer and exporter of the oil and fruit.

Properties

The oil has a sharp and intense lemony-sweet aroma and a pale-yellow color. The oil is mainly composed of the terpenoid citral, and some aldehyde and alcohol compounds. Litsea cubeba oil is used in perfumed health products and as a fragrance due to its citrus scent and effect. It also has strong antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, astringent properties. It is also known to be a very good anti-stress agent with relaxing and calming qualities. Its properties make it a very useful and all-around skin care solution, as well as a good home remedy to have handy.

Precautions

  • If you have a history of glaucoma, then this oil is not for you. It is not recommended.
  • Avoid using it during pregnancy
  • Keep out of reach of children and babies
  • It is not advisable for children under 10years old.

Benefits

Skin goodness

We all want a clear, healthy and beautiful skin, and this oil can give just that and even more. This oil has astringent properties which help deep clean your pores and make your skin feel firm. It is highly recommended if you have oily skin. Common skin infections such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis can easily be treated with this oil due to its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has the particularity of being able to control excessive perspiration and bacterial growth that dampen your confidence with bad body odor. It is also a natural deodorant. A 2-in-1 remedy for body care.

What about your hair?

Litsea cubeba oil has got you covered too, its astringent properties mean your hair and scalp get a nice proper treatment for oily hair, and for a nice, strong and healthy scalp.

Keep cool, not cold

Its antiviral and antibacterial properties make it an ideal remedy for infections such as flu, colds, cough, bronchitis, and even asthma.

Infections? no problem

The litsea cubeba oil has proven to be an effective treatment for athlete's foot, ringworm, and other external infections caused by fungi or bacteria. This is owed to its strong antifungal power.

Be stress-free

Feeling stressed? Need to relax? Free your mind of the day's burdens? Litsea cubeba oil has anti-stress properties and is used in aromatherapy as a calming and relaxation agent. Its fragrance is described as 'uplifting' and 'enthusiastic' and can improve alertness. Give yourself a boost by treating yourself to this oil.

Pain relief

Litsea cubeba oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease the pain in the muscles. It is also a viable remedy for back pain and aches.

Easy digestion

This oil can boost your digestion as it improves pitta energy which is directly responsible for digestion.

Side effects

This oil can be irritating to sensitive skin and as such should be used with care and only under medical supervision if you have sensitive skin.