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About Litsea Cubeba

INCI name
Essential oil name
Litsea essential oil
Part used
Sweet citrus, Heavy, Spicy, Fresh
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Between 3 and 8 ML of Litsea essential oil with 1 KG of plant*
*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Aromatic litsea, May chang
Latin name
Litsea cubeba, Litsea citrata
Botanical family
Plant detail
Litsea is an evergreen shrub native to Southern Asia that can reach 10 meters high with small berries resembling peppers, hence the name “Mountain pepper”. Despite its lemon-scented leaves and flowers, it doesn’t belong to the citrus fruits family but is related to the Laurel and Cinnamon.
Native region
Southern Asia

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