LEMONGRASS  OIL
(Cymbopogon Flexuosus)

Plant Family
Poaceae ( Gramineae)

Description and Distribution
A fast-growing aromatic grass native to tropical Asia, though cultivated in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the West Indies and Africa.   Most of the Oil, whether ‘West Indian’ or ‘East Indian’, is produced in Guatemala and India.

Nature of the Oil
West Indian lemongrass is reddish amber.    The aroma is sweet and lemony with an earthy undertone.   The East Indian type is yellowish with a similar consistency to the West Indian type, but with a lighter fragrance.   The odour effect  of both types of lemongrass is uplifting and slightly cooling.   Some people find the aroma relaxing, others regard it as a ‘wake up essence’.

Main Constituents
Citral, dipentene, linalool, geraniol.

Properties
Analgesic, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiseptic, bactericidal, astringent, carminative, deodorant, febrifugal, fungicidal, galactagoguic, insecticidal, nervine, rubefacient, tonic.

Aroma therapeutic Uses
Athlete’s foot, insect repellant, scabies, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, insufficient milk in breast feeding mothers, colitis, indigestion, fever, infectious illness
Headaches, nervous exhaustion and other stress related disorders.

Cautions
The Oil may irritate sensitive skin.  Use in the lowest recommended concentration of 0.5 per cent or even less.

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