May Chang Oil








May chang oil.....


May chang is a small tropical tree with fragrant flowers that smell similar to lemongrass. The name cubeba is given to this plant because the small round fruits resemble those on the climbing shrub piper cubeba, a native plant of Java.

The fruit of the tree is also made into a hot flavoring for meat known as sambal. The flowers of may chang are used as flavoring for tea.

Temple in Cedar Forest, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Temple in Cedar Forest, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiayi County, Taiwan

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Kober, Christian
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Botanical Name - Litsea cubeba

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Fruit

Note Classification - Top

Aroma - Spicy, lemon, citrus, with vegetative notes

Color - Yellow

Effect - Cooling

Largest Producing Countries - China , Taiwan , and Japan

Traditional Use - May Chang oil is used as a fragrance component in air fresheners, soaps, deodorant, colognes, toiletries, and perfumes.

Properties - Antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, deodorant, insecticidal, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, and vulnerary.

Benefits - Acne, anxiety, arrhythmia, cellulite, dermatitis, epidemics, excessive perspiration, flatulence, gastric ulcers, general tonic, high blood pressure, indigestion, insect repellant, nervous depression, oily skin, poor appetite, relaxing, sanitation, stress, and tissue toning.

Blends Well With - Basil, bay, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile roman, clary sage, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus citriodora, eucalyptus radiata, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme linalol, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Safety DataMay chang oil is non-toxic and non-irritant. It may cause possible sensitization in some individuals. Don’t use with glaucoma. Don’t use on children.

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Portrait of Young Aboriginal Dancers, Taipei, Taiwan

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