May Chang

May Chang Essential Oil

Latin name Litsea cubeba / Litsea citrata – Family species Lauraceae

May Chang is also sometimes referenced as May-Chang, L. citrata, Exotic Verbena, Tropical Verbena (but is not related to lemon verbena and should not be confused with lemon verbena essential oil). May Chang oil is similar in scent to lemongrass essential oil, but the aroma is not as strong and is sweeter.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale yellow to yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Lemony, fresh, sweet, fruity, zesty, intense, smoky
Perfume Aroma – Middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Fruit
Countries of Origin – China, Java, Taiwan
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

citral, neral, geranial, linalol, limonene, miycrene, methyl hepetone, linlyl acetate

Uses of May Chang

Along with being used in aromatherapy, May Chang is used as a fragrance in air fresheners and room sprays, soaps, deodorants, colognes, toiletries, and perfumes (primarily citrus-type).

May Chang blends well with

  • bay
  • benzoin
  • black pepper
  • cardamom
  • cedarwood
  • clary sage
  • coriander
  • cypress
  • eucalyptus citriodora
  • eucalyptus radiata
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • juniper
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • petitgrain
  • rosemary
  • sandalwood
  • sweet marjoram
  • sweet orange
  • tea tree
  • thyme linalol
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang

Special Precautions*

May Chang oil can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Resources recommend that May Chang oil is not used on or around children under 16 years of age.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

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