Litsea Cubeba

Litsea is a simply beautiful oil. It’s clean scent reminds me of a blend of lemongrass and citrus. It is uplifting and refreshing and a welcome addition to the oil collection of any citrus lover.


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. Being native to East Asia, Litsea has a long history of traditional use by the indigenous people of Taiwan and has been widely distributed in Japan, Taiwan, Southern China, and Southeastern Asia. 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.


Directions for Use:

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.

Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.


Primary Physical Benefits:

-Diffuse for a refreshing and uplifting aroma

-Used in aromatherapy and meditation for balance and inspiration

-Diffuse while working or exercising to bring fresh energy and stimulation

-Diffuse or apply one to two drops to a scarf or shawl to promote feelings of balance throughout the day.

-Create your own blend by combining with complimentary oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Vetiver, or Fennel.

-Diffuse during meditation to help clear your mind and rejuvenate energy.


Primary Emotional Benefits:

Courage, Intuition, Inspired, Receptive to possibilities, Catalyst


Negative emotions addressed:

Confused, Cloudy, Blocked, Self-doubt, Low self worth


Aromatic Description:

Clean, Fresh, Sweet


Body Systems addressed:

– Emotional System
– Integumentary System
– Nervous System
– Respiratory System
– Cardiovascular System



Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


Additional Resources:

Litsea and Manuka Spotlight
Litsea PIP