Lemongrass

Essential Oil of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus/flexuosus)

  

Family: Gramineae

Origin: Originally was growing wild in India

Plant description: A perennial fast-growing aromatic grass, growing to about 3 feet high with long, thin leaves. It produces a network of roots and rootlets that rapidly exhaust the soil

Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral.

PRECAUTIONS: Can be irritating to sensitive skins. Low dosages are best. Do not use in bath as it will cause skin irritation. Too strong to use during pregnancy but it would be fine to use at 1% after birthing.

PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galatagogue, insecticidal, nervine, nervous system sedative, and tonic.

 

USES:

Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Excellent for aching muscles, relieves pain and makes them more supple as it removes lactic acid and stimulates circulation. Toning effect on muscles may help with loose skin due to dieting or lack of exercise. Relieves tired legs.

Digestive: Stimulates the muscles in the digestive system. Encourages appetite and could be helpful with colitis, indigestion and gastroenteritis.

Immune System: Its boost on the parasympathetic nerves aid recovery from illness stimulating glandular secretions.

Nervous system: Boosts the parasympathetic nerves

Mental/Emotional: Stimulating, reviving and energizing, useful in states of exhaustion. Lifts the spirits and gets things moving again. A mood elevator

Reproductive: Aids in the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.

Respiratory system:

Skin care: Clears up acne and oily skin as well as athlete’s foot. Alleviates excessive perspiration. A potent skin toner that can energize skin health if compromised. An excellent oil to use in place of citronella as an insect repellant.

About this essential oil:

Known as Indian Verbena or Indian Melissa oil. Was thought to be helpful in bringing down fevers, reducing infectious diseases and arresting the development of tumors.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?

References:

  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar
  2. http://essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/lemongrass.htm#lemongrass-oil
  3. http://www.floracopeia.com/Shop/organic-lemongrass-oil.html

 

 

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