A pale yellow, mobile oil obtained from steam distillation of the berries of the Litsea Cubeba plant.
Litsea cubeba Fruit Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of May Chang Essential Oil are:
Masking, Perfuming, Tonic
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Effective at controlling excessive perspiration, so it would be useful in a deodorant.
As a mild astringent, use it in acne prone skin products - but only if the skin is unbroken.
Makes oily skin less greasy.
Antifungal and antibacterial makes it excellent for using in foot creams and gels.
Calms the mind and physically relaxes the body so use in spa body treatments like massages and body wraps.
Antibacterial, so it is useful to have in a body wash or shampoo.
It gives a strong lemon fragrance that shines through in a shampoo blend and is very uplifting.
It acts as a fixative to the other essential oils used in the blend.
Use in an oil burner to give a very uplifting and relaxed atmosphere.
Calms down stress and gives an emotional lift in massage products.
Add to Citronella and Lavender as an insect repellant.
Blend with Lavender in an antifungal foot cream.
Mix with Tea Tree as a general surface cleanser in a water spray.
Do not use during pregnancy. Avoid using on sensitive skin or broken skin.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as an antispasmodic for the lungs to ease breathing.
Works well with Frankincense to relax the diaphragm.
Used as a tonic to the nervous system where it can relieve anxiety and lift you “out of the blues”.
Used in perfumery for centuries as a stable lemon note.
It has also been used in soapmaking for centuries as it fixes the fragrance of true citrus notes like Grapefruit better than when used on their own.