Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Country of Origin: India
Plant Part: Leaves
Distillation Method: Steam
About the Oil
Also known as 'France Indian Verbena', Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass that grows up to 1.5 meters (4 feet) in height. It is native to the continent of Asia, but is now cultivated mostly in the West Indies, Africa, and Tropical Asia.
This pale yellow-green, low viscosity essential oil is steam distilled from Lemongrass blades organically grown in India.
This essential oil is distilled from Lemongrass leaves is a yellow liquid with a deep, grassy-lemon citrus aroma with a slightly sweet balsamic, musky and earthy undertone.
This oil would most suitably blend with: Pine, Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Cedarwood and Lemon oils.
Lemongrass essential oil has been used to support digestion and for purification and regeneration of tissues. It may be one of the most broadly therapeutic anti-microbial essential oils available with other important actions that support the immune system.
It has been employed in traditional Indian medicine for centuries as a cure for infectious illness and fever. In TCM, lemongrass is used to treat colds, headache, stomach ache, abdominal pain and rheumatic pain.
Lemongrass essential oil tightens the elastin fibres in the epidermis and subcutis - the connective tissues, and is recommended in the after-care of sports injuries, sprains, bruises and dislocations.
It is considered a very effective insect repellent.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Antimicrobial, Anti-oxidant, Antipuretic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminitive, Deodorant, Febrifuge, Fungicidal, Galactagogue, Insecticidal, Nervine, Sedative, Tonic.
- Lemongrass and Frankincense are the two essential oils with the largest bodies of research in this field. Published in the May 2009 Journal of Chemico-Biological Interactions stated "Our results indicate that the [Lemongrass] oil has a promising anti-cancer activity and causes loss in sum or increasing cell viability by activating the apoptotic process as identified by electron microscopy." For the latest research, go to pubmed.gov and search for "lemongrass" and "cancer".
- Improves circulation
- Discourages fluid retention
Anti-infectious and Antibacterial
- Lemongrass has also been shown to be a potent and important antibacterial agent. In a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology, essential oil vapors (what one would create through using a nebulizing diffuser) of Geranium and Lemongrass were shown effective even against MRSA bacteria. This may prove useful in hospital settings where such bacteria have become resistant against conventional antibiotics.
- Antifungal agent (treats Candida: a naturally occurring internal fungus that can 'overgrow' due to dietary imbalances).
- Combats acne and oily skin
- An excellent antidepressant
- Highly effective mosquito repellent
- Encourages fortification
- Effective calming and sedative actions
Application and Use
- Excellent for clearing and cleansing the air
- Due to its interaction with the immune system, and broad-spectrum anti-microbial action, diffuser use of Lemongrass may be an excellent means of 'disinfecting the air' in one's home or office.
- To repel insects, a diffusion blend of Geranium, Lemon Tea Tree and Citronella with Lemongrass is highly effective.
- To support immune response blend in a dilution of a carrier oil and massage onto the soles of the feet.
- To repel insects, use alone or in combination with oils such as Citronella, Catnip or Pine in a small amount of alcohol or a neutral carrier oil.
- To soothe muscular aches and pains, mix a few drops into Epsom salts or directly into a warm bath.
- To treat Candida (vaginal fungal infection), blend a 5-10% dilution in any carrier oil.
Safety Although considered non-toxic, use of Lemongrass essential oil should be avoided in cases of glaucoma and with children because of its potency. Use caution in cases of prostatic hyperplasia and with skin hypersensitivity or damaged epidermal areas. Avoid use during pregnancy.