Lemongrass essential oil has a strong, earthy, citrus aroma with green, lush notes. Lemongrass is a refreshing, uplifting, calming and restorative oil and can be used for sports massage to relieve aches and pains.
Lemongrass is a fast-growing, tall, aromatic, perennial grass which grows up to 1.5m high. Lemongrass is native to southern India, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Guatemala but is also cultivated in Brazil and parts of Central Africa. Lemongrass essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh or partially dried, finely chopped grass. Lemongrass is a wonderfully rich and pungent oil that energises the mind and body. It has been used in many Eastern cultures for thousands of years as an accompaniment to meditation and prayer. It is used extensively in India and Pakistan as a medicine for infectious illness and fevers and as an insecticide. In modern aromatherapy it is sometimes known as the ‘connective tissue’ oil, because it helps to tighten and tone the skin and connecting tissues. This makes it particularly useful for sports massage and treating sprains and strains. Lemongrass also makes a beautiful room freshener and deodorant especially when combined with floral oils such as Geranium.
Species: Cymbopogon citratus
Plant family: Poaceae
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Safety Note: Non toxic. Use in moderation – max 2% dilution for massage and 3 drops in bath water (dilute before adding to bath). Do not use on sensitive skin.
Skin: Lemongrass has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a good astringent for oily skin and can help to tighten skin that is slack and has lost tone. It is also an effective deodorant and insect repellent.
Mind: Lemongrass oil has a tonic, uplifting, restorative effect on the nervous system and can help with stress-related exhaustion, aggression, pessimistic thoughts and fear. It can also aid concentration and clearer thinking. Ideal for use when studying and also as an aid to meditation.
Body: Lemongrass essential oil has analgesic properties that make it useful for sports massage and in compresses to help relieve muscular aches and pains. It is also thought to have carminative properties that can help to settle the digestive system.
Blends well with: Geranium, Rose and Grapefruit
Allergens Listing: Citral 90%, Eugenol 0.3%, Geraniol 7%, Citronellol 0.8%, Limonene 4%, Linalool 2%