Lemongrass essential oil is distilled from the stalk of the plant. Its scientific name is Cymbopogon flexuosus.  It is a tropical herb with a strong citrus flavor.  Lemon grass is used mainly in Asian cuisine, herbal and organic teas, sauces, and soups. The plant grows 3 feet to 5 feet in height.  When cooking, make sure to use the inner tender stalks. The outer fibrous rinds can be chopped up and used in landscaping to repel insects. Dried lemongrass can retain its flavor for a long time, sometimes up to a year if it is stored properly. The leaves and the oil are used to make medicine.

Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomach aches, high blood pressure, convulsions, muscle and body pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), mild fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and used as a mild astringent.

By inhalation, the essential oil of lemongrass is used as aromatherapy for muscle pain.

Lemongrass is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Lemongrass is also used in making vitamin A.

Parts Used

Grass – the stalk of the plant.

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

High

Aroma

Lemony, fresh green grassy, strong scent.

Overview

The oil is widely used as an addition to bug repellents and for its lemony aroma.

Packaging

Essential oils are packaged in glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in screw cap bottles and do not come with droppers.

Blends well with these oils:

Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang-ylang.

Oil Facts:

The stalk is used to extract essential oil.  The spent plant material from distillation is used as food for cattle.

Precautions

Oil Specific: May cause skin irritation for those with sensitive skin.

General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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