With an intense lemony fragrance that’s similar to, but sweeter than, lemongrass, Litsea cubeba is a pale yellow essential oil. The oil is steam distilled from the pepper-shaped fruit of a small tropical tree native to east Asia. The leaves and flowers of the trees have a lemongrass fragrance.
Litsea essential oil is reported to be non-toxic, non-irritant, but there is a possibility of sensitization in some people.
Skin care applications include acne and dermatitis. It’s also used for nervousness and stress-related conditions. The roots and stems are used in tradition Chines medicine to treat many conditions, including lower back pain, headaches, indigestion and muscular aches and pains. Other actions include: antiseptic, disinfectant and sedative.
I recently smelled a candle scented with Litsea and Lemongrass. It was delightful!!