For hundreds of years, Litsea, a plant native to East Asia, has been used by the indigenous people of Taiwan in traditional health practices. It is also known by the name “mountain pepper” in Mandarin. Litsea oil’s source plant is a tree; it bears pale lemon-scented flowers and small fruits that look like little peppers, hence the nickname Litsea cubeba is an evergreen tree or shrub belonging to the Lauraceae family. Its fruit produces Litsea—a lemon-like essential oil with a wide range of aromatic uses. 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 Uses and Benefits
The first thing you will notice upon opening the bottle is Litsea’s beautiful aroma. Its long-lasting fragrance contains hints of spice and notes of citrus.
- Incorporate Litsea into your daily supplement routine for the antioxidant support your cells need to maintain health.* But, this isn’t the only reason to use Litsea oil as a supplement. This fragrant oil also promotes the health of the cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and respiratory systems.*
- Aside from using it internally, you can also use Litsea oil topically on daily basis. Adding this one extra step to your skin care routine will help keep your skin clean and clear.
- Use as a spot treatment during the day or at night to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
- Litsea is great for blending with Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Cedarwood when you need to feel more balance in your life.
- Diffuse or apply one to two drops to a scarf or shawl to promote feelings of balance throughout the day.
- Diffuse during meditation to help clear your mind and rejuvenate energy.
- rub on your stomach when you have that “sick to your stomach feeling” from emotions not bad fish.
- Diffuse while working or exercising to bring fresh energy and stimulation.