Litsea cubeba essential oil, otherwise known as May Chang oil, has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries. Traditionally it has treated pain and digestive problems, but today we know that Litsea cubeba oil hosts a whole multitude of benefits!
Litsea cubeba belongs to the Lauraceae family and produces small white or pale yellow flowers that develop into pepper-like fruits. The tree is also referred to as “Chinese Pepper” or “Mountain Pepper.” Although it is native to Southern China and other parts of tropical Southeast Asia, it is most widely cultivated in Japan, Taiwan, and China. It has a rich history in Chinese medicine and has now made its way to the western world for its magical healing properties.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
Litsea cubeba oil has hypotensive properties that make it an excellent remedy to control high blood pressure. Litsea cubeba oil also acts as a fungicide and natural anti-microbial and helps fight fungal and bacterial infections. Its calming aromatherapy helps reduce stress in our lives and calms the mind and spirit. The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties of this oil work together to calm a wide variety of respiratory conditions. This includes conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough, and allergies. Additionally, the antimicrobial properties help fight harmful pathogens.
Ancient Chinese Remedies
Litsea cubeba is connected to philosopher’s stone (alchemy) and used for spring festivals and rituals of renewal. You can use her over the solar plexus. She increases a sense of belonging and asks us to “Let go of old worries and welcome in the new.”
Litsea cubeba/May Chang has stepped forward to be our “essence of the year” for 2021. She offers up a refreshing lemony scent all the while supporting our desires to feel uplifted, detached from drama, and welcome in clarity.
Loving Litsea Cubeba
Litsea cubeba essential oil may not be the most well-known essential oil in the aromatherapy world, yet its healing powers should not be overlooked. It has been a powerful healing plant throughout history. Moreover, it can be used in a wide variety of natural medicines, cleaning products, and beauty products to promote overall health and wellbeing.
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