Essential Oils

Essential Oil – May Chang

The essential oil of May Chang is obtained via steam distillation from the pepper-like fruits of the tree.  An evergreen native to regions in Southeast Asia, including Taiwan, Indonesia, and China, and grows up to 12 meters high.

The oil is composed of approximately 70-85% citral, an aromatic compound favoured by the perfume industry for its citrus qualities. The chemical composition of the oil is similar to lemongrass without the harsh tones, but the aroma is more like lemon verbena oil, which is more expensive. It is more stable than lemon peel oil making it a good choice for making personal fragrances.

All parts of the plant have been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine. Herbalists recommended it for individuals with digestive problems due to gas. They prescribed it to women to relieve menstruation cramp pain. Cancer patients took it to slow the growth of abnormal cells. It was also used to treat asthma, headaches, chills, and muscular aches, including back pain.

I’ve always recommended it as a great non drowsy essential oil to lower stress, mild anxiety and blood pressure, so it’s such a good oil to use when communing.  2-3 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and drop under your car seat or in your air vent.  Great for anxiety & stress… but with no contraindications, so a great oil for every frantic workplace out there.

When used in a diffuser, this oil has uplifting, calming & soothing qualities. It is known for lowering blood pressure and relieving stress without causing drowsiness. Elevating mood and countering feelings of depression.  It can also promote overall physical and mental well-being and may be used during times of physical exhaustion.  It blends quite well with a wide variety of oils.  Lemony fresh, this is a standalone scent that need not mingle with other essential oil in the vaporiser. It’s also an excellent choice for covering bad smells due to its deodorant property. Insect repellent:

It can be blended into body lotion, shampoo, or liquid body wash to help repel mosquitoes. Adding a couple of drops to a candle and placing it outdoors will help keep pests away.  Combine with Lemon Eucalyptus for an extra ka-pow.


Litsea has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it popular for use in skin care products. It is useful for preventing the growth of bacteria that can cause acne. An astringent, it is used to eliminate excess skin oil and shrink enlarged pores. It may also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help clear up skin irritation. It is revitalising and refreshing in skincare and may be used to treat excessive perspiration.  Users should always dilute the oil appropriately before applying it to the skin.  Under 0.8% for the face, and under 2.5% for the body, patch testing if need be.


Antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, deodorising, astringent, carminative, cordial, galactagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, stimulant, tonic

Perfumery Note:

Top and Middle.


Front heart blend with Geranium, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Mandarin,

Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Lemon, Pine, Melissa, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Jasmine, Jatamansi, Orange, Sandalwood, Petitgrain.

Meng mein blend with Vetiver, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, Lemon Balm, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Palo Santo, Jasmine, Jatamansi, Immortelle, Fennel, Angelica.


May chang should be used with caution in skincare as it can be irritating and sensitising on hypersensitive damaged or disease skin such as infant’s skin or in conditions of eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.  Possibly sensitising in some individuals.

Toni McMahon

Plant Essentials

Ph: 07 4420 1888