Lemon grass oil
Botanical Name: Cymbopogan citrates also known as andropogoncitratus
Common Method of Extraction: The common method of extraction of lemon grass oil is by steam distillation. The oil is extracted from the fresh or partly dried leaves.
Parts Used: The parts used for extraction of oil are herbs and leaves.
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: The aroma of lemon grass oil is sweet and lemony. It has a watery viscosity and the colour is dark yellow to amber.
Largest Producing Countries: Lemon grass grows in tropical and sub-tropical South East Asia and Africa. India cultivates the lemon grass along the Western Ghats in states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The major countries which produce lemon grass oil are India, West Indies, Malaysia, China and Bangladesh.
Traditional Use: The grass was originally growing wild in India. The grass is a permanent fast growing sweet-smelling grass which grows up to 3 feet in height. The leaves and oil has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicine to reduce fever and different other infections. It has been used as an important ingredient in perfumes and citrus centred soaps. Traditionally it was used in India as an insect deterrent also. Lemon grass oil is used in Brazil as an folk remedy for treating gastrointestinal and nervous upset and fever of all types.
Lemon grass oil is analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-depressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, bactericidal, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticidal, nervine, fungicidal, galactagogue, tonic and a good nervous system sedative. The lemon grass oil refreshes the body and is very useful when you are having jetlag. It relieves you of terrible headaches and is ideal for stress related conditions. It is ideal for fighting anxious fatigue. It improves the parasympathetic nervous system and helps the body to recover during convalescence by improving glandular secretions. It acts as a good medicine for colitis, gastro-enteritis and indigestion.
Many of the respiratory infections like laryngitis, sore throats and fever can be cured with this oil. It has the ability to tone the muscles and tissues. It eases muscle pain and makes the muscles more flexible. It betters the circulation system in the body and also helps to clear up oily skin and acnes. People with excessive perspiration can use this oil to reduce it. It is an ideal oil to keep pets of fleas, lice and ticks. Use this oil in the vapour therapy and ease the tensions of nervousness. Control your lethargic mind by using this oil and energize yourself.
Blends Well With: Lemongrass oil blends well with cedarwood, coriander, geranium, basil, jasmine, tea tree and lavender oils.
Of Interest: By consuming lemon grass oil you can get many health benefits. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and essential oils. The vitamins in the lemon grass are vitamin B5, B6 and Vitamin B1. It contains vitamin C and V also. It contains a whole lot of other minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese and copper. It contains folic acid in the stems and leaves.
Safety Data: Lemon grass oil may irritate sensitive skin, so it is ideal to test it before using it in full flow. Avoid using the oil during pregnancy.