What is Litsea Cubeba? – The Forgotten Essential Oil

Litsea Cubeba, also known as May Chang, is a very aromatic and beautiful smelling oil. It has citrus notes and scent similar to lemongrass although I think it is much finer. Litsea Cubeba is a tree and the oil is extracted from the tree’s ripened and dried fruits.  This oil is a natural antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic oil. It can also be used as an insecticide as it repels insects.

You don’t hear much about litsea cubeba in the essential oils world, but I have found this oil better than most creams at treating joint and muscle pain. My husband uses this on me as a massage when I am feeling stressed or am experiencing muscle pain and soreness and I can tell you it completely relaxes the nervous system.  It is extremely relaxing.

Litsea Cubeba treats the following:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Oily skin and acne
  • Headaches
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot
  • Colds
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Flatulence and indigestion, poor appetite

Contains: Aldehydes, Citronellal, Geraniol, Sabinene, Limonene, Codinene, Linalool, Linayl Acetate, Esters, Cineole

Cautions: Only to be used externally. Can you take Litsea Cubeba internally? No. This can be very harmful when taken internally.

Directions: Dilute with a carrier oil such as grapeseed, almond, or olive oil and massage onto belly for flatulence/indigestion. Massage onto face or problem area for acne or headaches. Massage onto feet or use in baths for colds and headaches. Massage onto body for joint and muscle pain.

Use litsea cubeba as a deodorant, as a skin tonic, or to tone tissue.

How To Make Litsea Cubeba Deodorant 

Powder: 6 tbsp organic corn starch (or potato starch) to 2 tbsp baking soda, add in 20 to 30 drops of Litsea Cubeba, mix together with a fork making sure to break up any lumps, store in an airtight container, use fingers or cotton ball to apply to wet underarms.
Options to add: Tea tree oil, Terramin clayactivated charcoal powder.

Cream: 4 tbsp organic corn starch (or potato starch/arrowroot powder) to 4 tbsp baking soda, & 4 tbsp raw coconut oil add in 20 to 30 drops of Litsea Cubeba combine, you may need to add more or less of the coconut oil to get the desired consistency. Store in airtight container, apply to underarms with fingers.
Options to add: Tea tree oil or other essential oils.

Where To Buy Litsea Cubeba: 

Health Ranger Store sells a natural insect repellant that carries litsea cubeba.

Starwest Botanicals sells litsea cubeba essential oil.

Sources: https://raising6kids.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/diy-xtra-strength-deocorant/

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