Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Common Name: Lemongrass (aka West Indian, Fever Grass)
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus (synonymous with Andropogon citratus)
Botany: A tall perennial grass that grows up to 3-4 feet and is native to warm temperate regions.
History: Lemongrass is widely used in Asian and Caribbean cooking. In India Lemongrass is used for medicines as well as an ingredient in perfumes.
Plant Part: Grass
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Cultivation Method: Ethically farmed
Fragrance: Lemon-like, grassy, tart, crisp, earthy, citrus
Color of Oil: Pale yellow to yellowish green
Note: Top-Middle Note
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Citronella, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Niaouli, Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Yarrow
Therapeutic Benefits - Mind: Lemongrass aids concentration and relieves exhaustion and mental fatigue. It is a uplifting, and stimulating oil.
Therapeutic Benefits - Body: Lemongrass is analgesic, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. It helps to tone skin and cleanse the body, balance oily skin / acne conditions, and stimulates circulation and muscles. Lemongrass can be used as a deodorant in a footbath to help counter athlete’s foot. It is also good for the digestive system and can help counteract the effects of jet lag. Lemongrass is also a very good insect repellant.
Therapeutic Benefits - Spirit: Lemongrass helps removes obstacles, encourages optimism, and helps to except change with joy.
Chemical Composition: geranial, limonene, neral
Common Adulterants: Citral (synthetic or bioidentical)
Application Method: Dilute 10 drops in 1 oz carrier oil, massage oil, or lotion and apply to skin. Use 4 drops in 2 cups of hot water for a steam.
Warnings: May irritate skin – always dilute.
Color Energy: Green - Tonifying