Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Country of Origin: India
Plant Part: Leaves
Distillation Method: Steam-distilled
About the Oil:
Also known as 'France Indian Verbena', Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass that grows up to 4 feet (1.5 meters) in height. It is native to Asia, but is now grown mostly in the West Indies, Africa, and Tropical Asia.
This pale yellow-green, low viscosity essential oil is steam distilled from Lemongrass blades organically grown in India.
This essential oil is distilled from Lemongrass leaves into a yellow liquid with a deep, grassy-lemon citrus aroma with a slightly sweet balsamic, earthy, musky undertone.
This oil blends well with: Pine, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Cedarwood and Lemon oils.
Lemongrass essential oil has been used to support digestion, for purification, to build the immune system and regenerates tissues.
It has been employed in traditional Indian medicine for centuries as a cure for infectious illness, fever, treat colds, headache, stomach ache, abdominal pain and rheumatic pain.
Lemongrass oil tightens the elastin fibres in the epidermis and subcutis - the connective tissues, and is used in the after-care of sports injuries, sprains, bruises and dislocations.
It is a very effective insect repellent.
- Lemongrass and Frankincense are the two essential oils with the greatest amount of research in the field. Published in the May 2009 Journal of Chemico-Biological Interactionsstated "Our results indicate that the [Lemongrass] oil has a promising anti-cancer activity and causes loss in sum or increasing cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy."
- Improves circulation
- Helps curb fluid retention
Anti-infectious and Antibacterial:
Lemongrass has also been known to be a potent antibacterial agent. In a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology, essential oil vapors (diffuser) of Geranium and Lemongrass were shown effective even against MRSA bacteria. This could prove useful in hospital settings where such bacteria have become resistant to conventional antibiotics.
- Antifungal agent (treats Candida: a naturally occurring internal fungus that can 'overgrow' because of dietary imbalances).
- Combats acne and oily skin
- An excellent antidepressant
- Highly effective mosquito repellent
- Encourages fortification
- Effective calming agent
Application and Use:
- Excellent for clearing and cleansing the air
- Due to its interaction with the immune system, and broad-spectrum anti-microbial action, diffuser use of Lemongrass for 'disinfecting the air' in the home or office.
- To repel insects, a diffusion blend of Geranium, Lemon, Tea Tree and Citronella with Lemongrass is highly effective.
- To support immune response blend with a carrier oil and massage onto the soles of the feet.
- To repel insects, use alone or in combination with oils such as Citronella, Catnip or Pine in a small amount of a neutral carrier oil.
- To soothe muscular aches and pains, mix a few drops into Epsom salts or add directly into a warm bath.
- To treat Candida (vaginal fungal infection), blend a 5-10% dilution in any carrier oil.
- Although considered non-toxic, use of Lemongras oil should be avoided in cases of glaucoma and with children because of its high potency. Use caution in cases of prostatic hyperplasia or with skin hypersensitivity or damaged epidermal areas. Avoid use during pregnancy.