May Chang is a small fragrant tropical tree that grows in eastern Asia. The fruit resembles the cubeb pepper, hence the botanical name. In Taiwan and some parts of eastern Asia, it is known as Mountain Pepper. It can also be found in parts of North-eastern India.
Great for high fever and pain, as it clears heat and reduces pain
Relief of muscular tension and pain, and acute arthritic and rheumatic pain, inflammation and tendinitis
Alleviates stress and anxiety
Promotes alertness and optimism
Known as emotional detoxifier
Expansive and clarifying
Great for lack of focus, attention, poor short-term memory, metal fog, confusion
Helps with negative thinking, pessimism and depression
Promotes opportunity for emotional transformation
Helps to balance the Wood element by regulating Qi, clearing heat and balancing the Shen. It disperses Liver Qi. If Liver Qi is constrained and Shen is agitated, we may feel irritable, anxious and over-talkative and suffer from insomnia.
It also supports Stomach and Spleen Qi stagnation, which can present as indigestion, flatulence, bloating, nausea and loss of appetite.
Helps to promote vision, optimism and insight where there is pessimism, negative thinking and loss of vision
Clinical studies support effectiveness as an antimicrobial and antiseptic oil
TAM practitioners use May Chang to treat dysmenorrhea that alleviates with heat or pressure, stomach aches, lower back pain, chills, headaches, muscular aches from external conditions. Fruits are reported to alleviate chronic asthma, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.
Non-toxic and non-irritating
Possibly sensitising in some individuals
Caution for people with hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, and for children under 2.
Dilute to 0.8% for topical use
Do not ingest essential oils unless under the direct supervision of a qualified aromatherapist or medical herbalist – even if an oil is sold to you as food grade.
Do not apply undiluted oils to the skin