Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Origin: South Africa
Part Used: Leaves
Process: Steam Distillation
Lemongrass essential oil is one of the top ten oils (volume-wise) produced in the world, primarily for its citral content, the initial fragrance component for the manufacture of many aromatic products.
Plant Description: Native (probably) to Sri Lanka and parts of east India; now found only under cultivation in the Caribbean, the Seychelles, Madagascar/Comoros, Africa, Central America, South America, the US, India and tropical Asia. Lemongrass is a fast-growing, aromatic perennial grass that reaches a height of 4-5 feet with long narrow leaves and a network of roots that exhausts the soil. Distillation of the finely chopped leaves is usually carried out locally.
Oil Description: Yellow, amber or reddish-brown, somewhat viscous liquid with a fresh, strong, grassy citrus-like and herbaceous aroma. Lemongrass essential oil must be kept dry; it is capable of the retention of 2.5-3 percent dissolved water content at room temperature. Because the presence of water quickly deteriorates the citral content of the essential oil (as will exposure to air and light), it is important that any water present in the oil be removed as soon as possible. When the oil is chilled and stirred, the water settles to a bottom layer to facilitate separation.
Historical/Traditional Uses: (More to come)
Applications: Lemongrass has for centuries been favored for medicinal and culinary use in Southeast Asia and South America. It has been used in India for centuries for fevers and epidemic diseases. The exhausted plant material has a secondary use after distillation-it is used as a food supplement for local cattle.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Lemongrass essential oil is beneficial for nervous exhaustion and mental fatigue; it is indicated for respiratory issues such as sore throats, fever, and infections due to its strong antiseptic action. It has excellent pain reducing, muscle toning, and antifungal properties and is also used as an insect repellant. It is helpful for recovering from jetlag and is also indicated for its sedative action. In perfumery, Lemongrass essential oil is considered a top note and blends well with basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rosemary, tea tree, and yarrow.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Lemongrass essential oil is non toxic; it is a strong oil and may cause skin sensitization or irritation in some individuals. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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