Essential Oil of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus/flexuosus)
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.
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.
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?
- Be Well Lemongrass Collection (Hand soap, Bath soak and Back to Basics Collection)
- Blessed Citrus/Ginger Collection (Shower Gel, Body Cream, Deodorant, and Body Scrub)
- The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar