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Name:||Litsea Cubeba |
floral and citric |
Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil:
Litsea Cubeba is native to
Asia and most of the oil is from Malaysia and China. Litsea Cubeba is also known
as Chinese pepper because of its pepper-like fruit from which the oil is
extracted. Litsea Cubeba is widely used in the perfume industry.
Lemongrass and Lime this is a very strong essential oil. Care is recommended in
Cubeba Essential Oil Properties and Uses:
Cubeba Essential Oil Constituents:
Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial
and neral which combined are known as Citral.
Citral has sedative,
antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical
compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less
hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin
irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial,
citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric
smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more
cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are
Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing
nausea and diarrhoea.
For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Citronellal and Citronellol: Citronellal a Terpene Aldehyde and
Citronellol a Terpene Alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in
aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but
are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols. Citronellal from Citronella
grass has a more pungent smell and is less gentle on skin. Aldehydes are
sedative, antiviral and antimicrobial but can be an irritant to the skin.
Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly
valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are
antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.
Sabinene: No current data available
Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect
noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an
antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these
properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb.
Limonene also has antiviral properties.
Cadinene: No current data available
Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely
distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous
system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a
sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin
complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.
Linalyl Acetate: An Ester (see below) Linalyl Acetate is the
primary constituent, along with Linalool in Lavender oil, although small amounts
are found in other plants.
Esters: Mainly found in small amounts in flowers, Esters are
responsible for the characteristic fragrances of the flowers and volatile oils.
are mostly sedative and antispasmodic and generally non-irritant and mild,
although some, like Methyl Salicylate, found in wintergreen, are more irritant.
Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the
other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents
amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also
called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.
is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation
as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to
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