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Archive for April 2013

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus

 

Family: Poaceae

 

Extraction Method:  Grass is steam distilled

 

Aroma:  Lemony, Fresh, Piney, Bittersweet and woody

Lemongrass is a scented grass that is native to India but is also cultivated in Brazil, Sri Lanka and parts of Central Africa.  Upon harvest the grass is finely chopped to prepare it for extraction through steam distillation.  The main constituents of lemongrass is geranial and neral.  These two constituents offers a host of therapeutic properties which includes being analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, antitumoral, antiviral and sedative.

Lemongrass has been used cosmetically to counter oily hair, skin infections, acne, scabies and ringworm when diluted in a carrier.  Emotionally the fragrance is sedating and soothing, and it is helpful when dealing with stress and nervous exhaustion.  It has been stated that growth and change can occur when this essential oil is blended with myrrh.

This essential oil does come with some safety considerations.  Lemongrass must be diluted and can be highly  irritating if applied directly to the skin.

 

Resources

Davis P. Aromatherapy an A-Z. New revised edition C.W. Daniel Company Limited, England, 1999

Keville, K and Green, M. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide To The Healing Art, Crossing Press, Second Edition, 2009

 Edwards, V.H, The Aromatherapy Companion, Storey Publishing, 1999

*Please note:  This information is not to replace physician advice or to be used as treatment or diagnose of a disease.

*Image courtesy of Jade Shutes/EWSAS (www.theida.com)

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