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BOTANICAL NAME Cymbopogon flexuosus

PARTS USED
Grass

EXTRACTION METHOD
Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION
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AROMA & COLOR
Yellow to brownish yellow with earthy, lemony aroma

lemongrassHISTORY
Lemongrass is known as gavati chaha in the Western India Marathi language (gavat = grass; chaha = tea). Lemongrass has been used in medicine in India for more than 2000 years.

In East India and Sri Lanka, Lemongrass was historically used to make soups, curries, and a local drink called “fever tea,” which was intended to treat not only fevers but also diarrhea, stomach aches and skin infections. In 1905, a Sri Lankan researcher by the name of J.F. Jovit acquired several plants from South India and planted them at a farm in order to conduct research. Lemongrass would eventually be commercially cultivated in Florida and Haiti in 1947.

Common Uses

  • Stress relief – One of the best ways to use lemongrass essential oil to relieve stress is inhalation. Use in a diffuser, or put a drop on your palms and inhale the scent.
  • Reduce high blood pressure – Lemongrass is a vasodilator and can help reduce high blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels.
  • Muscle Relaxer – When muscles and tendons tighten up, an application of lemongrass essential oil will typically bring immediate relief. Rub affected area with diluted lemongrass oil.
  • Indigestion – A drop or two massaged into the abdomen will assist digestion and relieve the symptoms.
  • Skin Health – Lemongrass oil has both antiseptic and astringent properties; it can sterilize your pores, serve as a natural toner, and strengthen your skin tissues. Add lemongrass oil to shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, soaps, and lotions.
  • Hair Health – Lemongrass oil can strengthen your hair follicles. Massage a few drops into your scalp for two minutes and then rinse.
  • Fever Reducer – Known to contain substances that are believed to reduce a fever and also to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Insect Repellant – Because of its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass oil is known to repel bugs such as mosquitoes and ants. Diffuse or dilute with carrier oil and apply directly to skin.
  • Fungicide – Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.