Litsea Cubeba (U.S.A.)
Description: Litsea cubeba are small plants found in tropical areas. The leaves are typically a vibrant green with a pleasant, lemon-like smell. It produces small, pepper-like fruits from which the essential oil is extracted. This Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil has a 75% minimum Citral content.
Color & Consistency: Light yellow to light brown.
Strength of Aroma: Medium.
Common Uses: Litsea cubeba is most valued for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. Other therapeutic uses often found with litsea cubeba include as an astringent, antiseptic, insecticide, hypotensive, stimulant, for acne, indigestion and tonic.
Blends with: Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Rose (all), Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang-Ylang.
Aromatic Scent: Sweet Litsea cubeba essential oil has a crisp, citrus smell, with a complex lemony aroma. It has been compared to lemongrass and lemon verbena. It is considered sweeter and softer than lemongrass and a possible fragrance alternative to the costly lemon verbena, though it should be used as an alternative in terms of therapeutic potential.
History: Litsea cubeba essential oil has been used historically in both Japan and Taiwan. It is very useful as a scent-anchor for holding more elusive citrus essential oils in blends.
Cautions: Possible skin irritant.