May chang – to brighten and energise your energy


Also known as ‘Mountain Pepper’- the plant is native to Southeast Asia, the essential oil is extracted from the small, pepper-like fruits of this small tropical tree.  The aroma is fruity, fresh, and intensely sweet with a lemony fragrance.


The leaves, bark and flowers have been used in Chinese medicine to treat various conditions for centuries, but the use of essential oil, for its therapeutic purposes, is relatively new. In recent times this beautiful oil has become increasingly popular with aromatherapists – in my own practice it has become a staple and I infuse my workspace with this oil on a daily basis to fill my surrounding with a fresh vibrant and young energy.


At the Rishi Veda Studio and in my own personal practice – May Chang has become a firm favourite in my kit and with my clients.  May Chang has many therapeutic properties such as soothing the digestive system to easing nausea and indigestion.

In my personal experience, on an emotional level I have seen it helps to elevate the spirit when I have combined it with lemon and rose either as a massage medium or when diffusing it in the therapy room.  When working with clients who are fatigued and need energizing, May Chang combined with geranium and ginger works a treat.  To bring peace and to bring the mind to silence my personal favourite is frankincense and May Chang in a base of nourishing oils which are then drizzled across the forehead and swept through the hair in a deep, slow rhythmic massage encompassing the face and shoulders – finishing with steaming hot towel scented with May Chang to stretch the neck and shoulders.

When preparing Rishi Veda personalised skincare blends I use May Chang in cleansing balms, washes and masks for its mild astringent properties when treating an oily/combination skin.  My clients (male and female) often remark on the pleasing aroma and often request May Chang as the dominant aroma in their personalised skin and body care products as they find it uplifting, whilst others find it brings a sense of healing and calm.


Facial cleansing washes and masks, bathing oils, body oils, electric aroma lamp and aromas mists.

Blends well with:

Vetivert, palmarosa, orange, basil, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, ylang ylang and all citrus oils


Pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances that should always be treated with due respect.  I always recommend and stress that you consult with a qualified aromatherapist for suitability and safety of specific oils.  If you suffer from any medical conditions, are pregnant or taking medication please consult with a qualified aromatherapist before use.



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