Litsea Oil, Some Uses

Litsea Oil, Some Uses

Litsea oil (Litsea cubeba) is known as “May Chang” in China, which is an Anglicized spelling of the Chinese name meaning “mountain spicy tree.” A very lovely name for an oil with a lovely scent.The scent is lemony with deeper tones that will make you relax just a little and smile.

Aromatic influences: Uplifting, stimulating. Revitalizing, zesty, and sweet.

Combines well with:

Palmarosa, Vetiver, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lavender Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger Root, Jasmine, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Elemi

Ways to use it

  • To improve concentration, vaporize 3 drops Litsea and 3 drops Peppermint.
  • Can irritate skin, so be careful using if you have sensitive skin.
  • Creates a sense of inner lightness.
  • Dissolves chronic negative emotional patterns.
  • Enables a fresh start.
  • Helps those in emotional turmoil, anxiety, or shock.
  • Helps regulate blood pressure.
  • Diffuse as a quick pick-me-up when you are feeling fatigued.
  • Helps relieve depression symptoms.
  • Works well in a diffuser and a vaporizer.
  • Relieves pain.
  • Vapor breaks up congestion and helps breathing.
  • Avoid use when pregnant.
  • Diffuse Litsea Cubeba, Orange, and Bergamot as a mood booster.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. Have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Litsea Cubeba oil. To check for more, you can click on Litsea Cubeba in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

De-Stress Workaholic Bath

  • 4 drops Litsea
  • 2 drops Valerian Root
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Dissolve essential oils in F.C.O. first then add to warm/hot bath. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (2)

Relieve Sadness

  • 2 drops Blend of Vanilla
  • 4 drops Litsea
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage blend with gentle strokes over full body. (2)


Breathe More Easily

  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Litsea
  • 5 drops Pine
  • 5 drops Grapefruit.

Use in an aroma lamp or diffuser. (1)

Mood Lifter

  • 3 drops Litsea
  • 4 drops Black Pepper
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Lavender

Use in an aroma lamp or diffuser.

Relieve Stress Massage

  • 2 drops Litsea
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage blend into back. (2)

Rejuvenating Foot Bath

  • 3 drops Litsea
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Thyme
  • 3 drops Allspice
  • 3 drops Pine
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Dissolve essential oils in Jojoba. Fill a basin with warm/hot water, add oil formula, swirl, and soak feet for at least 15 minutes. (1)

Lift Depression and Improve Mood

  • 2 drops Litsea
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Orange
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage blend into upper body, concentrating on the chest, neck and shoulders. (2)

Ease Digestion Massage

  • 2 drops Litsea
  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Ginger Root
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage blend into abdomen, using clockwise strokes, twice a day. (2)

And finally,

How about it? Have I whetted your appetite? Check it out, have some fun with it and let us know in the comment section down below.



  1. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  2. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding

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Have you tried Litsea for skin blemishes? Any recommended recipes? Thanks!