A small tropical tree with fragrant, lemongrass-scented leaves and flowers. Litsea is related to the Laurel, Rosewood and Cinnamon trees. An evergreen tree or shrub. It produces small white flower and a fruit which resembles a peppercorn. The small fruits that it produces are similar to peppers, from which the name ‘cubeba’ is derived.
The essential oil is chemically similar to Lemongrass, Melissa and other oils rich in citral, and the therapeutic effects are similar to Lemongrass. Its odour, however, is finer than lemongrass, it is more lemon like closer to a true verbena oil, but at a fraction of the cost.
Due to its high content of geranial and neral, Litsea has many surface cleansing properties. Geranial and neral are also found in Melissa and Lemongrass and have very similar scents and properties.
When diffused, Litsea can promote feelings of fresh energy to your day.
Litsea, known as an “Oil of Tranquility”, is recognised for its powerful effect in terms of promoting physical relaxation and mental calm. It is recommended for those suffering from work related stress and the “can’t switch off” phenomenon. Historically the oil from this exotic plant has been blended with almond oil and used to perfume the body prior to meditation or prayer in order to impart a sense of strength, calm and mental clarity.
When vaporised, it also acts as a respiratory tonic. Use it in skin care for its mild astringent properties which can be helpful with acne and oily skin. Litsea is also a very effective deodorant that helps to reduce excess perspiration, it can be used to make an all-over body lotion.
Application: Topical and aromatic
Plant Part: Leaves, Seeds, Bark, Gum
Extraction Method: Steam distillation Aromatic