Litsea (May Chang) Essential Oil
Aroma: Lemony, herbaceous, fresh
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Used: Fruit
This surprisingly pleasant-smelling oil could be described as herbaceous, lemony (of course) -somewhat reminiscent of citronella. It is popular to use as an insect repellent, and many diffuse it to purify the air. As an antifungal, it can be added to your natural home cleansers and can be diluted and used as a healthful foot rub that helps feet and nails to be fungus free.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops on area of concern, pulse points, abdomen, or back
Add several drops to skin or skin care products
Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser
Add a drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Add to water in spray bottle to spritz in a room or on linens
Inhale scent directly from the bottle, or put a drop on a tissue and inhale
Hazards: Drug interaction; teratogenicity, skin allergy.
Cautions (all routes): Drugs metabolized by CYP2B6
Cautions (oral): Diabetes medication, pregnancy.
Cautions (dermal): Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age.
Maximum daily oral dose in pregnancy: 56mg
Maximum dermal use level: 0.8%
If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have liver or kidney disfunction, consult your health care practitioner before use. Avoid eyes, mucous membranes, and sensitive skin. Keep out of reach of children.
If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (If it is not already diluted, dilute with a carrier oil).
Store in a covered or dark, airtight container in the refrigerator or cool area for longest shelf life.