Lemongrass (flexuosus) Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Cymbopogon flexuosus
Other names: Cymbopogon Flexus, Andropogon Nardus var. Flexuosus, Fever Grass, Oleum Graminis Citrati.
Country of Origin: India
Part of plant used in production: Leaf
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A tall (up to 1.5 metres), perennial, fast growing, aromatic grass native to Asia. Lemongrass is cultivated in many places of the world, providing slight differences in its oils.
Characteristics: A sometimes colourless or otherwise yellow-brown oil with a tinge of red. The scent is quite strong, lemony and herbaceous. The Nepal variety is certified organic with citrusy scent while the Guatemalan variety is sweeter and more herbal.
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant,and sedative on the nervous system, tonic.
Constituents: Geranial, neral, limonene, linalool, geraniol, citronellol, eugenol
Uses: Citrusy perfume compounds, and household products. Lemongrass oil tones the body by boosting the parasympathetic nervous system and invigorates the mind and spirit. It can help with treating jet lag, clearing the mind and fatigue, aids recovery from illness and pain.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Tea Tree.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted (up to 3%) prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.