Litsea Essential Oil

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Litsea Cubeba plant

Litsea (Litsea cubeba) is a small, tropical tree of the Lauraceae plant family and is native to the Far East; the root and stem of litsea have been used in traditional Chinese Medicine to treat indigestion, headaches, chills, travel sickness, muscular aches and pains and dysmenorrhoea. However, in use as an essential oil, litsea is a relatively new addition to the world of modern day aromatherapy.

The small litsea tree has aromatic flowers and leaves, reminiscent of lemon grass; litsea also has pepper-shaped fruits, the derivation for its Latin name cubeba. It is cultivated in Taiwan and China; the Chinese are the main essential oil producers of litsea and use a large quantity of the oil themselves.

The essential oil of litsea is pale yellow in color and has a strong fragrance of lemon; it is often compared to lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) essential oils and, although suitable as a perfume substitute, litsea does not possess the same aromatic properties as these two essential oils. Litsea essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fruit of the tree.

Aromatic Description: Sharp, with a complex lemony aroma.

Possible Uses: Acne, indigestion.

General Safety Information: We recommend using our essetial oils with aromatherapy techniques by adding to a medium that will release it's natural essence into the air: Potpouri, Oil burners, cotton balls, etc.Do not take any essential oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.

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