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Litsea Cubeba

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General Properties of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

  • antibiotic
  • anti-congestive
  • anti-depressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • anti-viral
  • astringent
  • bactericidal
  • bronchodilator
  • calmative
  • deodorant
  • digestive tonic
  • disinfectant
  • emollient
  • galactagogue
  • hypotensive
  • insecticidal
  • regenerative
  • sedative
  • stimulant and tonic
  • vulnerary
Origin: China. Steam distilled for the pepper-like fruit. Middle note.

Description of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

A small tree related to the Laurel and Cinnamon, Litsea is a member of the Laurel family. Native to East Asia, it has lemon scented leaves and flowers. Litsea Cubeba has a pepper-like fruit that is steam distilled to produce a yellow essential oil. It is mainly produced in China.

The main uses of Litsea Cubeba essential oil are in skin care. It is great for oily and acneic skin types, as well as for dermatitis. It is non-irritating, antiseptic and effective in treating oily skin, acne and other skin conditions. It is a good alternative to Bergamot because there is no risk of photo sensitivity.

A newer essential oil on the aromatherapy scene, Litsea Cubeba essential oil will give a wonderfully fresh top note, reminiscent of lemons, to any diffused blend. For this reason Litsea Cubeba is said to be a good anti-depressant.

It is a deodorizer and disinfectant, as well as having antiseptic and antiviral properties making it great for use when cleaning or when making a blend to help keep the air clean and fresh. This essential oil has been used as a deodorant as well as to help reduce excess perspiration. It has been reported to have antispasmodic properties for the bronchia that may help those suffering from asthma.

It blends well with any of the citrus essential oils, as well as Lavender essential oil and Clary sage essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

Can be a skin irritant. Do not use on children under 2 years old. Avoid during pregnancy.

References about Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Litsea cubeba
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.