May Chang Essential Oil
May Chang Oil is also commonly referred to by its botanical name, Litsea Cubeba Oil.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Sharp, with a complex lemony aroma.
May Chang Essential Oil Uses
Acne, indigestion. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-64.]
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 11. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 5, 1996), 62. L. Zhu, Y. Li, B. Li, et al. Aromatic Plants and Essential Constituents. (South China Institute of Botany, HK, 1993). Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349.]
Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 and that there is a risk of teratogenicity. They precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.8%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 349-350.]
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