10ml Lemongrass Oil

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10ml Lemongrass Oil

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ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE: LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass essential oil is produced from the fresh or partially-dried leaves of the Cymbopogon citrus grass, also known as West Indian lemongrass, Madagascar lemongrass or Guatemala lemongrass. An essential oil from a related species, Cymbopogon flexuosus, or East Indian lemongrass, may also be produced. West Indian lemongrass is native to Sri Lanka but now cultivated in the West Indies, Africa and tropical Asia, with most of the oil being produced in Guatemala and India. East Indian lemongrass is native to East India but now mainly cultivated in western India. Both species of lemongrass belong to the Poaceae plant family, also known as Gramineae. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation.

Characteristics

Lemongrass essential oil is a yellow or amber liquid with a fresh, grassy, herbaceous, citrus aroma. The oil of East Indian lemongrass generally has a lighter scent than that of West Indian lemongrass, with the latter also having an earthy undertone. Lemongrass has a top to middle note and blends well with lavender, rosemary, clary sage, ginger, black pepper, neroli, citronella and the other citrus oils.

Chemical Constituents

The main chemical constituents found in lemongrass essential oil are:

  • citral – an aldehyde that has antiseptic properties

  • myrcene – a terpene that has analgesic and sedative properties.

Safety Considerations

Lemongrass essential oil is non-toxic, however it may cause irritation or sensitisation in some individuals. It should therefore be used in moderation only on the skin and used with caution in baths.

Historical and Traditional Uses

Lemongrass is used in traditional Indian medicine for infectious illnesses and fever, and as a sedative on the central nervous system. It is also used as an insecticide and for flavouring food. Lemongrass is used extensively as a fragrance component in soaps, toiletries, perfumes and detergents. More costly lemon-scented essential oils, such as melissa and lemon verbena, may be adulterated with lemongrass.

Therapeutic Actions

The therapeutic properties of lemon essential oil include:

  • analgesic

  • antidepressant

  • antimicrobial

  • antioxidant

  • antiseptic

  • astringent

  • bactericidal

  • carminative

  • deodorant

  • fungicidal

  • insecticidal

  • sedative

  • tonic.

Aromatherapy Use

Skin Care:

  • acne – skin oil or lotion

  • athlete’s foot – skin oil or cream

  • excessive sweating – bath, skin oil or lotion

  • insect repellent – skin oil or vaporisation.

Circulation, Muscles and Joints:

  • muscular pain and sports injuries – massage or bath

  • poor circulation – massage or bath.

Immune System:

  • fever and infections – compress or bath.

Digestive System:

  • indigestion – massage.

Nervous System:

  • headaches – massage, compress or vaporisation

  • nervous exhaustion – massage, bath or vaporisation

  • stress – massage, bath or vaporisation.

Emotional and Spiritual Connection

Lemongrass is associated with the colour yellow and the solar plexus chakra. It is a refreshing oil that helps to boost the mood, and energise and focus the mind.