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  Litsea (May Chang)
Litsea cubeba, steam distilled leaves, China.

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Used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat indigestion, lower back pain, chills, headaches and travel sickness. Blended into a light carrier oil or in a bath, Litsea Oil is often recommended to treat acne, dermatitis, and greasy skin. Please use with extreme caution and very light dilutions on broken or troubled skin.

Litsea is useful in treating excessive perspiration, flatulence, and indigestion. Recent research indicates that it may have a use in treating cardiac arrhythmia. It is also an anti-spasmodic, specifically of the bronchia, and thus can be helpful in treating an asthma attack. I know of one aromatherapist who uses it at the start of a headache.

Litsea is widely used in the perfume and soap industries, providing a lemon-scented base note, often used to “anchor” the scents of the true citrus top notes that are far too fleeting.

According to Kurt Schnaubelt, Litsea is used for calming and as an anti-inflammatory. He also states that it is be anti-viral and regenerative. Schnaubelt also recommends it for herpes (although in my experience Melissa is THE oil for herpes!).

WARNING: Contains citral, a strong sensitizer. Avoid use on broken skin. Avoid use during pregnancy (see this blog post on High Citral Oils vs Pregancy). Maximum dilution for topical use: 0.7% (4 drops per fluid ounce). Please also see our blog post on the benefits of inhalation vs. ingesting essential oils.

Certificate of Analysis:
Batch No. CH-140560

BLENDS WITH: Ammi Visnaga, Palma Rosa, and Vetiver, as well as the true citrus oils, Lavender, Chamomile, and Frankincense.



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