Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemongrass essential oil has a sweet, strong and lemony aroma, with a subtle hay-like and earthy undertone.
Lemongrass is a fresh grass with red stems. It grows to approximately 3 feet in height.
The oil is exacted by steam distillation from the fresh leaves that have been partially dried and finely chopped.
Lemongrass essential is a revitalising essential oil that lifts the body and spirit so it is useful for re-energising, reviving and stimulating. It can be used to refresh and tone tired muscles and lose skin.
The deodorising action of lemongrass is also useful for keeping away insects, pests and fleas.
Lemongrass oil is one of the favoured oils in India, where it is known as ‘choomana poolu’, referring to the plants red grass stems. Other names include ‘Indian Melissa’ or ‘Indian Verbena’. Now the West Indies are the main exporter of lemongrass essential oil.
Farnesol, Geranoil, Nerol (Alcohols), Citral, Citronellal (Aldehydes), Limonene, Myrcene (Terpenes).
Lemongrass essential oil blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, rosemary geranium and other citrus oils.
Suggested directions for use:
Add 6-10 drops in a bath.
Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner.
Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation.
Mix 5 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage.
Do not take internally.
Avoid use before sun exposure.
Keep away from children and eyes.
Non-toxic but may irritate sensitive skin.
If pregnant or have a medical condition consult your practitioner before use.
If oil gets into eyes splash out with water, seek medical advice if necessary.
If unfamiliar with essential oils seek advice from a practitioner.