May Chang (Litsea cubeba) essential oil has a refreshing, stimulating uplifting action making it a useful oil for relieving fatigue and lethargy. It has a tonic effect on the nervous system and can help to provide clarity of thought when you are feeling nervous, stressed, anxious or confused. May Chang is known as an ‘oil of tranquility’ and is recognized for its powerful effect in terms of promoting physical relaxation and mental calm. It is recommended for those suffering from work related stress and an inability to switch off.
May Chang essential oil is obtained from the small, pepper-like fruits of a small tropical tree with fragrant leaves and flowers. Historically the oil from this exotic plant has been blended with Almond Oil and used to perfume the body prior to meditation or prayer, in order to impart a sense of strength, calm and mental clarity. We particularly like this oil because it’s warm, almost musky, lemongrassy scent is so wonderful to work with. It complements most of the middle notes (herbs and flowers) and works particularly well with Sandalwood or Cedarwood. May Chang has a gentle pungency which can be helpful when you wish to cover the scent of an oil which is beneficial for health but not always appreciated in terms of scent, such as Tea Tree or Clary Sage. It works beautifully with all of the culinary herb fragrances to offer a slight flowery sweetness to brighten the other fragrances that may not be as favored.