The litsea cubeba plant is an evergreen tree that is native to East Asia and part of the Lauraceae family. Litsea essential oil is extracted from the fruit of the tree via the process of steam distillation.
Litsea has been used for years by the indigenous people of Taiwan for a wide variety of purposes. The essential oil is similar to Lemon and shares lemon’s incredible cleansing abilities, thanks to its high content of neral and geranial. Therefore, Litsea essential oil can be used to make a highly effective surface cleanser.
The cleansing benefits of Litsea also apply to the skin when it is used topically by adding a few drops to your usual cleanser. Using aromatically allows you to not only enjoy the fresh, clean, sweet aroma but also benefit from its uplifting, rejuvenating properties. Litsea essential oil is also commonly used in meditation to promote inspiration and balance.
Add a few drops to a diffuser or inhale from cupped hands.
Diluting with a carrier oil is recommended due to possible skin sensitivity. Litsea essential oil may stain skin.
- Digestive Stimulant
Possible skin sensitivity. May stain skin, clothing, and surfaces.
Blends well with
Supports the respiratory system
To help maintain a healthy respiratory system, apply Litsea essential oil to the chest or inhale from cupped hands.
Helps to ease mild and occasional back pain
Litsea essential oil can help to relieve mild back pain. Dilute as required and apply to the affected area.
Cleanses skin and restores oil balance
If you’re suffering from oily skin or blemishes, dilute Litsea essential oil and apply to the affected area, or add a few drops to your usual cleanser to restore oil balance and improve the appearance of blemishes.
Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure and heart rate, and reduce feelings of anxiety
Apply Litsea to the chest, the back of the neck, and under the nose to help maintain healthy blood pressure and heart rate, soothe away tension, and reduce anxious feelings.
Supports the immune system
If you’re suffering from coughs or colds, applying Litsea essential oil to the chest, the back of the neck, or along the spine helps to support your immune system, promoting a faster recovery.
Reduces seasonal blues and negative thoughts
If you’re feeling down, the invigorating aroma of Litsea can reduce sad and negative thoughts and feelings, helping you to feel uplifted and re-energised. Diffuse or inhale from cupped hands.
Relieves head and neck tension
Apply Litsea to the forehead and temples, diffuse, or inhale from cupped hands to soothe away head and neck tension, and relax the mind.
Supports the digestive system and helps with occasional nausea and motion sickness
Dilute Litsea essential oil as required and massage into the abdomen in a circular motion to support the digestive system, promote a healthy appetite, and reduce the symptoms of nausea and motion sickness.
Helps with cellulite, excessive perspiration and athlete’s foot
Litsea can help to improve the appearance of cellulite, maintain healthy perspiration levels, and help with athlete’s foot. Apply topically to the area of concern.
Relieves occasional sleeplessness, fatigue and brain fog
To clear the mind and either energise or promote sleep, apply Litsea to the temples and across the forehead, diffuse, or inhale from cupped hands.
Helps with seasonal and environmental threats
Apply Litsea to the chest and the bottom of the feet, or apply to your pet by adding a few drops to their shampoo or a spray bottle of water to help with seasonal allergies and insects.
Contributes to lung cancer prevention and healthy aging
When used alongside better dietary and exercise routines, Litsea may contribute to lung cancer prevention, better health, and healthier aging. Apply over the affected area or along the spine.
Disinfects surfaces and freshens the air
The powerful disinfecting properties of Litsea make it ideal for air and surface cleansing. Add to a spray bottle of water along with a few drops of Tea Tree.
Soothes menstrual & muscular aches and pains
Dilute Litsea as required and apply to the abdomen or area of concern to relieve aches and pains.
Restores emotional balance
Use aromatically and topically to go from feeling encumbered to feeling purified.