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May chang essential oil is steam-distilled from the peppercorn-resembling fruits of the litsea cubeba tree. Also known as the mountain pepper, exotic or tropical verbena, it has a light and sweet aroma resembling lemongrass, although many consider its scent to be finer from a purely aromatic perspective.


May chang is a rare treasure and significantly underutilized in aromatherapy. Its antimicrobial properties are beneficial in blends for oily skin and acne care: use up to 5% in an astringent carrier oil such as hazelnut or grapeseed. It has a gentle, cooling effect, and acts as an excellent overall skin tonic.

Other uses include support of digestion and reducing flatulence (tip: combine a low concentration with a carrier oil a low concentration for a belly-massage!). May chang oil is also thought to aid with excessive persipiration.

The calming effects of may chang can have a beneficial effort for those in need of restful sleep. The oil can be blended with Roman chamomile and lavender essential oils and massaged on the feet, used in a bath or in a diffuser. The oil has also been found to mitigate heart arrhythmia. All of these demonstrate the potential of may chang to lower overall stress levels and improve stress-related conditions.


  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Soothing
  • Improves digestion


  • local use

May chang essential oil should be diluted with base oil before use or topical application.


Bergamot, Citronella, Clove Bud, Egyptian geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Petitgrain and Rosemary.


  • May chang essential oil is generally considered safe.
  • It is recommended to dilute 5% in base oil when used for massage.