|Lemon grass essential oil
|It is a fresh smelling oil that can be used with success for fighting jet lag, cellulite, revitalizing a tired
body and mind, as well as keeping the family pet free of fleas and ticks.
Lemon grass oil has a lemony, sweet smell and is dark yellow to amber and reddish in color, with a
Origin of lemon grass oil
It is a perennial fast growing aromatic grass, growing to about 1 meter (3 feet) high with long, thin
leaves and originally was growing wild in India. It produces a network of roots and rootlets that rapidly
exhaust the soil.
In India it is known as 'choomana poolu' and is also referred to as 'Indian Verbena' or 'Indian Melissa
oil' and used in Ayurvedic medicine to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses. It is a
valuable ingredient in perfumes and citrus-type soaps and is also an insect deterrent.
Lemon grass oil is extracted from the fresh or partly dried leaves by steam distillation.
The main chemical components of lemon grass oil are myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol,
geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral.
Lemon grass oil can irritate a sensitive skin, so care should be taken. It should be avoided in
pregnancy, due to it being a possible skin irritant.
The therapeutic properties of lemon grass oil are analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antipyretic,
antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue,
insecticidal, nervine, nervous system sedative and tonic.
Lemon grass oil revitalizes the body and relieves the symptoms of jet lag, clears headaches and helps
to combat nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions.
It is a great overall tonic for the body and it boosts the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a
boon when recovering from illness, as it also stimulates glandular secretions.
It is useful with respiratory infections such as sore throats, laryngitis and fever and helps prevent
spreading of infectious diseases. It is helpful with colitis, indigestion and gastroenteritis.
Lemon grass oil helps tone the muscles and tissue, relieves muscle pains by making the muscle more
supple. It helps with correcting poor circulation and as an insect repellent. It helps to keep pets clean of
fleas, ticks and lice.
It also is used for clearing up oily skin and acne, as well as athlete's foot. It alleviates excessive
Lemon grass oil has great benefits as a muscle and skin toner, and revitalizes the body and mind,
helps with infections and keeps the family pet flea and tick free and smelling nice.
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, Lemon grass oil can be used for nervousness and as an insect repellent. It is also
great to revive the mind when feeling lethargic and to energize as well as relieving fatigue.
Blended massage oil or in the bath
Lemon grass oil can be used in blended massage oil or diluted in the bath to assist with cellulite,
digestive problems, as a diuretic, for infections, nervousness, for over exerted ligaments and as a
Cream or lotion
When used in a lotion or a cream, it has value in clearing cellulite, as well as toning the skin, opening
blocked pores and helping with acne. The antiseptic properties are useful in treating athlete's foot and
other fungal infections.
Although some people may have an allergic reaction to lemon grass oil, most people do not show an
allergy when it is used in concentrations lower than 3%. Since our oil only contains trace amounts of
citral (whereas West and East Indian lemon grass (Andropogon flexuosus and A. citratus contains
nearly 79%) the possibility of irritation or allergy is less.
Lemon grass oil blends well with
Although essential oils blend well with one another, lemon grass oil blends particularly well with basil,
cedar wood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender and tea tree.
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