Common Name: May Chang
Latin Binomial: Litsea cubeba
Other Common Names: Exotic Verbena, Tropical Verbena, Pheasant pepper tree
Production Method: Steam Distilled
Countries of Origin: China
Description of Oil: pale yellow to clear, intensely lemon-like, fresh and sweet aroma (sweeter than lemongrass but less tenacious)
Description of Plant: A small tropical tree with fragrant leaves and flowers. The small fruits, shaped like cubeb peppers, are used to produce May Chang.
History, Folklore and Myth: Used in Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions.
Properties and Uses: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, galactagogue, insecticide, stimulant, tonic, creates a ‘sunny’ atmosphere
Precautions and Contraindications: HAZARDS: Drug interaction; teratogenicity; skin allergy
CAUTIONS (DERMAL): Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age, diabetes medication, pregnancy
Other Interesting Information: The bark and leaves of the plant produce two other oils. At this time they are of no commercial significance.