HistoryLitsea Cubeba is native to Southern Chinese region. It used as medicines to treat stomach pain, vomit, fever, snake bites, swelling, cholera, and detoxification in TCM.
Bontanical Name: Litsea cubeba
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Plant Part:Root & Stem
Vaporisation: Add 5-10 drops of essential oil into warm water by using diffuser.
Massage: Add 4-5 drops of essential oil into 10ml of carrier oil for facial or body massage or as a home-made body oil after shower. It is very good for muscular and spiritual relaxation.
Bathing: Add 8-10 drops for a full bath. It can stimulates blood circulation and is ideal way to relax.
Inhalation: Add 3-5 drops of essential oil into a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over the head, close your eyes and inhale deeply. It can help to relieve physical and mental stress, especially headache and respiratory system problems.
Clay mask (Cleansing and Whitening): Add 1-2 drops of essential oils to the mixtures of floral water and clay mask.
Personal skin care product (e.g Shampoo，Bath Gel，Facial cream etc.): Add 4-5drops of essential oils to your own skin care products, create the unique personalised skin care products.
Perfume: Add 4-5 drops of essential oils and 4-10 drops of solubiliser into 10ml water to create your own personalised perfume.
Contra-indication: High dose may irritant to skin
Blending Base Measurement:
1% Essential oil in (5/10/30/50/100)mL = (1/2/6/10/20) drops per volume of essential oil respectively
2% Essential oil in (5/10/30/50/100)mL = (2/4/12/20/40) drops per volume of essential oil respectively
2.5% Essential oil in (5/10/30/50/100)mL = (3/5/15/25/30) drops per volume of essential oil respectively
Eye care = 0.5% Face = 1% - 2% Adult full body = 2% - 2.5%
*Remarks: Thin oil can apply onto skin directly. Thick oil is sticky, diluted with thin oil will be better
Proportion: Thick Oil 10-20％Thin Oil 80-90％
Antibacterial: Antibacterial effects lowers risks of food poisoning Staphylococcus aureus causes food poisoning in humans by producing toxins and their presence in food and water samples compromises food safety. Litsea cubeba essential oil showed good antibacterial effects on methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by breaking the MRSA cell membrane and inhibiting an important enzyme, HMP, of MRSA. The results of Litsea cubeba essential oil antibacterial experiment against MRSA are presented in Fig. 1A. The MIC of Litsea cubeba essential oil against MRSA was 0.5 mg mL−1 and the MBC was 1.0 mg mL−1, which proved a high inhibitory activity of Litsea cubeba essential oil against MRSA). Litsea cubeba essential oil is an effective bacterial inhibitor and bactericide against MRSA.could inhibit the respiratory metabolism of MRSA and lower the key regulator enzyme activity in HMP. Finally, the main component of Litsea cubeba essential oil, citral, could further from the chimera with DNA of MRSA to inhibit its biological activity. Souce: Hu, Wei, Li, Changzhu, Dai, Jinming, Cui, Haiying, & Lin, Lin. (2019). Antibacterial activity and mechanism of Litsea cubeba essential oil against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Uplifting: Improve Mood state, Arouse Happy and serene feelings The essential oils were prepared in several dilutions in the range of the supra-threshold level. The results show that Litsea cubeba oil inhalation showed a sedative effect, observed from alpha and beta wave power reductions. To investigate the effects of essential oil inhalation on the brain and mood responses, electroencephalography was carried out during the non-task resting state, and self-assessment of the mood state was performed.The essential oil dilutions used in this study were in the range of the supra-threshold level. For mood evaluation, we chose three oils—Litsea cubeba oil, garlic oil, and Curcuma longa oil. Happy, serenity, lethargic, and stress emotions were assessed for each dilution. The average values of each oil perception are presented. The inhalation of Litsea cubeba oil showed more positive moods over negative ones. Litsea cubeba oil and Curcuma longa oil showed more scores of positive moods. Happy and serene feelings with the Litsea cubeba and Curcuma longa oils were higher than with garlic oil inhalation. Source: Sattayakhom, Apsorn; Songsamoe, Sumethee; Yusakul, Gorawit; Kalarat, Kosin; Matan, Narumol; Koomhin, Phanit. (2021). Effects of Thai Local Ingredient Odorants, Litsea cubeba and Garlic Essential Oils, on Brainwaves and Moods. Remarks The fruit oil, but not that of the leaf, exhibited cytotoxic activity against human lung, liver and oral cancer cells.( “Compositions and in vitro Anticancer activities of the Leaf and Fruit Oils of Litsea cubeba from Taiwan”) References Hu, Wei, Li, Changzhu, Dai, Jinming, Cui, Haiying, & Lin, Lin. (2019). Antibacterial activity and mechanism of Litsea cubeba essential oil against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Industrial Crops and Products, 130, 34-41. Sattayakhom, Apsorn; Songsamoe, Sumethee; Yusakul, Gorawit; Kalarat, Kosin; Matan, Narumol; Koomhin, Phanit. (2021). Effects of Thai Local Ingredient Odorants, Litsea cubeba and Garlic Essential Oils, on Brainwaves and Moods. Molecules 26, no. 10: 2939. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26102939