Tuesday, February 5, 2013

May Chang (Litsea Cubeba)

Litsea cubeba-- Steam distilled from the fruits.   Widely used in the perfume and soap industries, providing a lemon-scented base note, often used to "anchor" the scents of the true citrus top notes that are far too fleeting. Has floral as well as citrus notes. Lemongrass occasionally has an unfavorable methyl heptenone note not present in Litsea. However, the sweet lemony high notes are virtually the same. For this reason it may be that Litsea is preferable to Lemongrass. The price difference is negligible and the citral content is virtually the same.

CAUTIONS: Possible skin irritant; dilute well.   

CHARACTER:  "Ray Of Sunshine" Chinese Goddess.  Lighthearted, Child-like, Joyful, Uplifting, Refreshing, Enlivening, Enlightening, Rejuvenating

ETHERIC COLORS: Lime Green tinged with Magenta-Orange

GEMS: Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Amphibolite, Aragonite
PERFUME NOTE: Top to Middle
 USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES:  calming, mental clarity, uplift moods, cheerful
USED TO HEAL THESE NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES nervous tension. stress despondent, uncaring or uncared for, non-feeling, fatigue, anxiety
USED TO HEAL THESE PHYSICAL PROBLEMS:  indigestion, lower back pain, chills, headaches, travel sickness, acne, dermatitis, greasy skin,  high blood pressure,  bronchitis, allergies, asthma
PROPERTIES: anti-spasmodic, inflammatory anti-viral, regenerative, astringent, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, insect repellent, antifungal antibacterial
PERSONALITY: It is considered sweeter and softer than lemongrass.   
 + Open to the world and all that it is in it.
+Breath of fresh air on a summer’s day.  
+Lively and casual—unbothered by the struggles and strains of living.
 +Inspires intimacy, feeling close and involved with life. All things in Life matter.

BLENDS WITH: Ammi Visnaga, Palmarosa, and Vetiver, as well as the true citrus oils, Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense, Basil, Bergamot, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood and Ylang-Ylang.

Chemical Constituents Class: Adehyde. Mainly citral, limonene, mycrene, methyl hepetone, linalool, linlyl acetate.

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