Lemongrass Essential Oil
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- Cymbopogon citratus
- Certified Organic
About the Oil: Pure Lemongrass essential oil steam distilled from the leaves of Lemongrass leaves, organically grown in India. This is a fine lemongrass essential oil variety, with a bright, fresh aroma, and exceptional therapeutic properties, Uplifting, clarifying and calming.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Also known as 'France Indian Verbena', Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass that grows up to 1.5 meters (4 feet) in height. It is native to the continent of Asia, but is now cultivated mostly in the West Indies, Africa, and Tropical Asia. The planting of Lemongrass is thought to 'heal the Earth' by its absorption and breakdown of toxic products.
ABOUT THE OIL
This essential oil is distilled from lemongrass leaves is a yellow liquid with a fresh, grassy-lemon citrus aroma with an earthy undertone.
Lemongrass was originally used as a food flavoring in Asia. The fresh leaves are crushed in water and used as a hair wash and toilet water in India. The leaves can also be used as a source of cellulose and paper production. A majority of the essential oil is used for citral production which is used either for perfumery or flavor use and for pharmaceutical use in the synthesis of vitamin A.
- protects cells against oxidative damage
- tones the skin
- increases suppleness
- neutralizes microbes
- neutralizes insects (especially mosquitoes)
- reduces sebum production
- helps heal blemishes
- neutralizes microbes
- reduces body temperature
- eases discomfort
- decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
- soothes sore muscles
- settles digestion
- increases absorption in the intestines
- promotes normal peristalsis
- assists the body's natural eliminatory response
- stimulates the digestive system
- increases circulation
- decreases listlessness
- helps to reduce excess buildup of fluid in the body
- neutralizes fungus (specifically candida)
- increases milk flow in nursing mothers
- sharpens mental clarity
- improves mood
- strengthens the nervous system
- helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
- promotes sleep
- calms the nervous system
- It has been employed in Ayurveda for centuries for infectious illness and fever.
- Lemongrass is uplifting and energizing. It aids our logical thinking and is ideal for use at home or work wherever clear, fresh thinking and good concentration is needed. It can be a secret helper for those who have trouble getting started in the morning. Its balancing effects on body energy is used with success to manage the difficulties of jet travel.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
- Excellent for clearing and 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.
- massage, compress, skincare
- Lemongrass essential oil tightens the elastin fibers in the epidermis and subcutis (the connective tissues) and is recommended in the aftercare of sports injuries, sprains, bruises and dislocations.
- Further, lemongrass essential oil has also been studied as an anti-fungal agent against Candida, a naturally occurring fungus in our bodies which can 'overgrow' due to dietary imbalances (possibly too high a sugar intake), resulting in vaginal irritation, rashes (particularly on the feet) and the like. Topical application may be best to utilize these properties, in a 5-10% dilution in any carrier oil.
- Lemongrass is also used a mosquito repellent, and has been the subject of many studies investigating this use. Lemongrass can be highly effective, especially when combined with other oils often used for keeping away insects, such as Geranium, Lemon Tea Tree and Citronella. These oils can be combined in topical formulas (with a total essential oil concentration up to 15%).
- To support immune response blend in a dilution of a carrier oil and massage onto the soles of the feet.
- To temporarily soothe muscular aches and pains, mix a few drops into Epsom salts or directly into a warm bath.
- Do not take lemongrass essential oil internally.
Lemongrass essential oil has a deep, grassy-lemon citrus aroma with a slightly sweet balsamic, musky and earthy undertone.
This oil would most suitably blend with: Pine, Basil, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Cedarwood and Eucalyptus Radiata, Geranium and Lemon oils.
For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils.
Although considered non-toxic, use of Lemongrass essential oil should be avoided in cases of glaucoma and with children because of its potency. Use caution in cases of prostatic hyperplasia and with skin hypersensitivity or damaged epidermal areas. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
Avoid use during pregnancy.