Litsea Cubeba oil, China, is also known as May Chang. A member of the Laurel family, the small tree is common throughout Asia. Although its fragrant properties were widely known for centuries, it wasn't steam distilled until about 60 years ago. Since then it has become popular and is sometimes used in place of Lemongrass. Lemongrass occasionally has an unfavorable methyl heptenone note not present in Litsea Cubeba. However, the sweet lemony high notes are virtually the same. For this reason it may be that Litsea Cubeba is preferable to Lemongrass. The price difference is negligible and the citral content is virtually the same.
Litsea is a great for the skin. It has been used to help get rid of blemishes, acne, and dermatitis.
It works well as a bronco-dilator so it's also used as a respiratory tonic and can help relieve the symptoms of asthma. The aroma helps break up congestion and deepen your breathing.
It can help you treat high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, as well as arteriosclerosis.
Since it's a stimulant, it helps treat fatigue, lethargy, insomnia, anxiety, and nervous depression. It can help you deal with many anxiety disorders. It also helps you with grief and other emotional turmoil.