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Litsea Cubeba

Litsea Cubebaa

Litsea Cubeba (commonly referred to as May Chang) is an evergreen tree that grows between 16 -40 feet tall. This tree is a species of the Lauraceae (Laurel) family. The leaves of this tree are a vibrant green, the flowers are a whitish-yellow and the fruit resembles a small pepper.

Litsea Cubeba is native to China, Indonesia, Taiwan and other parts of Southeast Asia. The essential oil that is harvested from the ripened and dried fruits of the tree was not made available to the western world until the early 1950’s when it began to compete with Lemongrass essential oil. Now it is widely used in the perfumery and cosmetic industries.

The essential oil of Litsea Cubeba is a thin, clear, pale yellow liquid. It has a crisp, lemony citrus scent that one could compare to lemon sherbet. Known as the “oil of tranquility”, Litsea Cubeba’s scent is uplifting and rejuvenating. It is a perfect oil to add to moisturizers and baths to combat seasonal blues, stress, anger and irritability. This oil promotes relaxation, mental clarity and restful sleep.

In addition to the effects it has on your mind and spirit, Litsea Cubeba has positive effects on your body. This essential oil is known to contain antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it is useful in treating infectious skin conditions like Athlete’s Foot, it can minimize and heal acne breakouts and it can be used to control excessive perspiration and unpleasant body odor.

E3 Naturals is a manufacturer of natural health and body products. Litsea Cubeba essential oil is used in the Body Butter.  For more information or to purchase Body Butter from the e3 Naturals online store click here:

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Carla Hellemond


Born and raised on Vancouver Island Carla’s personal quest for health and wellness spawned the creation of e3 Naturals. Her extensive research and analysis of natural oils and holistic healing are reflected in the natural, safe products produced in the e3 laboratory located on beautiful Vancouver Island. As an owner of e3 she is responsible for product development and quality control and you will find her in the lab on a daily basis creating and testing products. On the personal side, Carla is an avid yogi, she is also the mother of two growing boys and likes to spend quality time with her family enjoying the beautiful west coast outdoors.

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