Lemongrass essential oil is extracted from Cymbopogon citratus (also known as Andropogon citratus, A. schoenathus – West Indian, Madagascar or Guatemala lemongrass; Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon flexuosus – East Indian, Cochin, British India or native lemongrass), of the Poaceae family.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is a fresh smelling oil that can be used with success for fighting jet lag, cellulite, revitalizing a tired body and mind, as well as keeping the family pet free of fleas and ticks.
Lemongrass Essential Oil has a lemony, sweet smell and is dark yellow to amber and reddish in color, with a watery viscosity.
It is a perennial fast-growing aromatic grass, growing to about 1 meter (3 feet) high with long, thin leaves and grows wild in India. It produces a network of roots and rootlets that rapidly exhaust the soil. In India it is known as ‘choomana poolu’ and is also referred to as ‘Indian Verbena’ or ‘Indian Melissa oil’ and used in Ayurvedic medicine to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses. It is a valuable ingredient in perfumes and citrus-type soaps and is also an insect deterrent.
Lemongrass oil is extracted from the fresh or partly dried leaves by steam distillation.
The therapeutic properties of lemongrass oil are analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, nervous system sedative and tonic.
The main chemical components of lemongrass oil are myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral.
Lemongrass Essential Oil has great benefits as a muscle and skin toner, and revitalizes the body and mind, helps with infections and keeps the family pet flea and tick free and smelling nice.
Precautions and Uses
Lemongrass Essential Oil can irritate a sensitive skin, so care should be taken. It should be avoided in pregnancy, due to it being a possible skin irritant.
Although some people may have an allergic reaction to Lemongrass Essential Oil, most people do not show an allergy when it is used in concentrations lower than 3%. Since our oil only contains trace amounts of citral (whereas West and East Indian lemongrass (Andropogon flexuosus and A. citratus contains nearly 79%) the possibility of irritation or allergy is less.
Lemongrass Essential Oil revitalizes the body and relieves the symptoms of jet lag, clears headaches and helps to combat nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions. It is a great overall tonic for the body and it boosts the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a boon when recovering from illness, as it also stimulates glandular secretions. It is useful with respiratory infections such as sore throats, laryngitis and fever and helps prevent spreading of infectious diseases. It is helpful with colitis, indigestion and gastroenteritis. Lemongrass oil helps tone the muscles and tissue, relieves muscle pains by making the muscle more supple. It helps with correcting poor circulation and as an insect repellent. It helps to keep pets clean of fleas, ticks and lice. It also is used for clearing up oily skin and acne, as well as athlete’s foot. It alleviates excessive perspiration.
In vapor therapy, Lemongrass oil can be used for nervousness and as an insect repellent. It is also great to revive the mind when feeling lethargic and to energize as well as relieving fatigue.
Lemongrass Essential Oil can be used in blended massage oil or diluted in the bath to assist with cellulite, digestive problems, as a diuretic, for infections, nervousness, for over exerted ligaments and as a general tonic.
When used in a lotion or a cream, it has value in clearing cellulite, as well as toning the skin, opening blocked pores and helping with acne. The antiseptic properties are useful in treating athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.