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Alteya Organics May Chang (Litsea cubeba) Essential Oil - organic 5ml


Refreshing. Stimulating. Uplifting.

May Chang (also referred to as Litsea cubeba) has a lemony, fresh fruity aroma. This very cheerful oil is ideal for relieving fatigue and clearing your head when you are feeling anxious or stressed. May Chang is an immune system booster that can also help calm respiratory conditions. It has also been known as a digestive aid that can help reduce the symptoms of indigestion and nausea. Use it in skin care for its mild astringent properties which can be helpful with acne and oily skin.

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Product number: OHALEO0112
Unit price: €122.02/100ml


Botanical name: Litsea cubeba.

Country of origin: USA.
Family: Lauraceae.
Method of extraction: distillation.
Plant part: fruit.
Colour: light yellow.
Consistency: watery.
Perfumery note: top.
Scent: fresh, citrusy, light.
Properties: uplifting, refreshing, stimulating.

Ingredients (INCI): Litsea cubeba Fruit Oil, Citral**, Limonene**, Linalool**.
**: component of natural essential oil.

Major constituents: May chang is very rich in citral (up to 85% of the total) with some linalool.
Blends well with: basil, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, linaloe wood, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, ylang ylang and all citrus oils.


  • in diffusers: ideal oil for vaporising or spraying in the house.
  • in massage oils to fight anxiety for example.
  • as a refreshing bath oil.
  • in skincare, May chang is very effective in treating oily skin, acne and spots in general. It also reduces perspiration and is a very good deodorant.

100% natural essential oil (USDA certification).

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Product type Essential oils
Therapeutic effect Energising
Brand Alteya Organics
Scent Fresh, citrus-like
Skin concern Acne (spot) prone
Certifications Certified organic
Country of origin USA

Plant Description

The species Litsea cubeba belongs to the Lauraceae family and is also known as Chinese Pepper and Mountain Pepper. It is a small deciduous tree that grows to a height of 5 to 8 m (16-26 ft), with a smooth trunk measuring 6-20 cm (2.5 to 8 in) in diameter. The tree bears white or pale yellow, lemon-scented flowers, and small fruits which are similar in shape to small peppers, from which the word ‘cubeb’ is derived.

Measuring between 4 to 6 mm in diameter, the aromatic fruits are almost spherical in shape and green in colour, turning red then dark brown upon ripening. When dried, these small fruits look like large, dried black peppers and provide the source of May chang essential oil, although oil can also be extracted from the flowers, branches, bark, roots and leaves too. The essential oil derived from these parts of the plant do not have the same odour as the fruits though.


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