The scent of litsea cubeba oil – also known by its Chinese name ‘may chang’ – is a very close match to verbena, although there’s no botanical link.
This sweet but strongly scented oil, with its distinctly citrusy edge, is produced by steam distillation from the small, aromatic, pepper-like fruits of the mountain spice tree, native to China and south-east Asia. The lemon sweetness of litsea cubeba oil makes it a popular choice as an additive in the cosmetic, perfumery and flavouring industries.
Litsea cubeba organic essential oil adds a distinctive lemon/citrus note to any blend and works well with a wide range of oils.
|Botanical name||Litsea cubeba|
|Plant part||Small, pepper- like fruits|
|Extraction method||Steam distilled|
|Strength of aroma||Strong|
|Aromatic scent||Sweet, fresh citrus aroma|
|Cautions||Litsea cubeba oil has the potential to be sensitising in some individuals. Avoid using during pregnancy.|