Plant Family: Lauraceae.
Method of Extraction: The oil is steam distilled from the pepper shaped fruits.
Properties: antiseptic, non-irritant, astringent.
Contraindications: May irritate the skin or mucous membrane. Do not use on sensitive or damaged skin.
Oil Appearance: Pale Yellow.
Oil of May Chang is a comparatively new essential oil to the West. It is steam-distilled from the pepper-shaped fruits (Cubeba) of this tropical tree.
The strong lemon odour of the main constituent (Citral - 75%) dominates and hence the oil resembles Lemongrass, although it has a rounder and more fruity aroma. While the synonym Litsea Citrata is often given for May Chang, Litsea Citrata is a related species with a lower Citral content.
Use 5 or 6 drops in an oil burner to ward off insects.
For oily or problem skin, try adding a few drops of May Chang to skin cleansing products to boost astringent and anti-bacterial properties, (not suitable for sensitive skin).