Lemongrass is yellow, amber or reddish brown in color. Its aroma is fresh, grassy, and citrus-like, finer than citronella, fresher than lemon.
Botanical/INCI name: cymbopogon flexuosus (lemongrass) oil
Botanical family: gramineae
Country of Origin: India
Areas of Body Affected: Skin, muscles and joints, digestive system, immune system, nervous system, thyroid.
Properties of Oil: Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, parasiticide, sedative (nervous), tonic, stomachic.
Physical Conditions: athlete’s foot, insect repellent, pediculosis, scabies, muscular pain, poor circulation and muscle tone, cellulite, colitis, indigestion, gastro-enteritis, fever, headaches, nervous exhaustion, stress-related conditions.
Holistic Uses: Ayurvedic medicine, antidote to infectious virus. Mood uplifting, improves alertness, promotes restful sleep, reduces stress. Refreshing, reviving, balances the nervous system. Strengthens psychic awareness and aids in purification.
Exceptions: Can cause dermal irritation in some individuals; use with care.
Blends Well With: Lemongrass blends well with lavender, lavandin, citronella, and rosewood.
Chemical Components: 65-85% citral, 12-25% myrcene with caprylics, citronellol, dipentene, farnesol, furfurol, geraniol, isopulegol, isovalerianic, aldehyde, l-linalool, methyl-heptenone, myrecene, n-decyclic aldehyde, nerol, terpineol and valeric esters. Exact composition varies according to type.
Process of Extraction: Steam distillation from plant.