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
Applications and Uses
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 types).
May Chang blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
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 also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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