Essential Oil: Lemongrass

Essential Oil: Lemongrass

General Properties of Lemongrass Essential Oil (5ml bottle)

  • antibacterial
  • antimicrobial
  • antioxidant
  • antiseptic
  • astringent
  • deodorant
  • digestive tonic
  • insecticidal

Origin: India. Steam distillation of the grass. Top note.

Description of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is a grass that is steam distilled to produce an essential oil that is yellow to reddish brown. The main constituent of this essential oil is citral (makes up 70%-85% of its total volume). Some of its countries of origin are Brazil, India, and Sri Lanka.

Lemongrass essential oil is a very powerful bactericide and antiseptic. This makes it a very effective essential oil to use when cleaning and sanitizing. As with other lemon-scented oils, Lemongrass essential oil is very useful as an insect repellant (either alone or mixed with other "repellant" oils). Lemongrass essential oil may help to boost the parasympathetic nervous system, and help to stimulate circulation.

It is helpful for soothing headaches, although it must be blended with a carrier before being massaged onto the temples, as it can be irritating to the skin. This should also be kept in mind if lemongrass essential oil is being used in the bath, as too much can irritate the skin (maximum 3 drops per tubful of water).

Blends well with Geranium essential oil, Jasmine essential oil and Lavender essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Lemongrass Essential Oil

Can irritate the skin - use in low dilutions. Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid with children under 2 years old.

References about Lemongrass Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

1.     Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)

2.     Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)

3.     Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

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