Scientifically known as cymbopogon, Lemongrass grows well in warm temperate regions. It is a tall perennial grass which is commercially valuable. Grows up to 2m, it has magenta colored base stems. Also, it is known as barbed wire grass and silky heads etc. It is native to India, Oceania & South East Asia. Several species are commonly cultivated as medicinal and culinary herbs, because of their lemon like aroma.
It is obtained by steam distillation method with dried lemongrass.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is constituted of: citronella, mycrene, geranyl acetate, geraniol, nerol, neral, limonene and citral.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is used a lot in Asian cuisines, and has therapeutic and medicinal uses.
It has an analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, bactericidal, sedative, carminative, tonic fungicidal and nervine properties. With its antioxidant properties it helps in pancreatic and lever health. It is soothing in nervous and other stress related problems. It helps to cure fungal infections, cellulite and digestive problems. Also, it helps a healthy circulatory system.
Lemongrass oil has a presence of Vitamin A, and it is very helpful for skin issues such as pimples and acne. Also it assists in brightening skin and eyes. It is ideal for skin infections. Lemongrass oil is also used in perfumery and cosmetics because of its lemon scent.
It is antioxidant, purifying and stimulating.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is safe for use, but may cause irritation, thus dilution is suggested. It should not be given to infants and kids.