Description: Lemongrass is known for its widespread use as a citrusy seasoning for culinary delights, especially those from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Besides its use as a spice, however, the plant also yields a potent essential oil, – creating the Lemongrass Essential Oil – whose remarkable therapeutic properties make it an effective natural treatment for numerous health conditions. Lemongrass, also called Cymbopogon, is an evergreen perennial herb native to the warm regions of India, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. Lemongrass is a member of the grass family, and like regular lawn grass, it grows in clumps, and its leaves are bright green with sharp edges. However, mature lemongrass clumps are larger, reaching a height of about three feet. For centuries, lemongrass has been used in flavouring for tea and cuisines, as well as a remedy for various diseases and illnesses. In East India and Sri Lanka, traditional herbalists mixed it with other herbs to treat fever, stomach upsets, diarrhoea, and irregular menstruation. There is also substantial evidence of its use in early Chinese civilization to alleviate headaches, flu, colds, and rheumatic pains.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogn flexuosus
Plant Part: Leaves and Stems
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Odor and Appearance: A light yellow to light brown liquid having a lemon like odor.
Country of origin: India
Main Constituents: citral, geraniol, and limonene.
- Aromatherapy: Lemongrass essential oil is often used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and uplift mood. It has a refreshing and citrusy scent that can help create a calming atmosphere.
- Massage Oil: When diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, lemongrass essential oil can be used for massage. It is believed to help soothe sore muscles and alleviate tension.
- Skin Care: Lemongrass oil may have antimicrobial and astringent properties that make it useful for skincare. It can be diluted and applied topically to help with acne, oily skin, and minor skin irritations.
- Bug Repellent: The strong, lemony scent of lemongrass oil can act as a natural insect repellent. It is often used in candles, sprays, or diffusers to help keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay.
- Hair Care: Some people use diluted lemongrass essential oil in hair products or as a scalp treatment to promote healthy hair and reduce dandruff.
- Flavoring: Lemongrass essential oil is used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages, especially in Asian cuisine. It imparts a citrusy, lemony flavor to dishes and teas.
- Stress Reduction: Inhaling the aroma of lemongrass oil through diffusion or in a potpourri can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation.
- Digestive Health: Lemongrass oil may be used to alleviate digestive discomfort and bloating when diluted and applied topically to the abdominal area. It can also be added to herbal teas for this purpose.
- Respiratory Health: Some people use lemongrass oil in steam inhalation to help with respiratory issues and congestion.
Note: Top note.
Blends well with: Lemon, Orange, Lavender, Rosemary.
Contraindications: Regulated amounts of lemongrass oil are safe for most people, both on the skin and in food. However, some allergic individuals have reported experiencing adverse side effects after inhaling lemongrass; such as throat discomfort and lung problems. Lemongrass oil can also cause rashes when used on sensitive skin. A patch test is, therefore, highly recommended. By promoting the seamless flow of blood, lemongrass helps to prevent complications that come with low blood pressure. However, anyone suffering from hypertension should seek expert advice before using the oil. Similarly, pregnant women should take caution with lemongrass, because large amounts can induce menstruation and cause a miscarriage
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*
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