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Lemongrass ( Cymbopagon flexuosus)

What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is originally from India and Sri Lanka. It is an important medicinal and culinary herb in South and Central America, South East Asia, and the Caribbean, it is widely known as “fever grass.” India’s Ayurvedic medical tradition, for instance, has long used it to treat cholera and fevers.

Lemongrass is best known for its efficiency to repel insects such as mosquitoes and fleas. However there is more to this oil than using it as an insecticide. In aromatherapy skin care it can be used to tone and tighten the skin, especially where open pores call for an astringent.

The essential oil of lemongrass is extracted through steam distillation of the fresh and partly dried leaves. It works great for a massage by alleviating muscle aches and pains, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and lower back pain.

 lemongrassoil

Aroma

Light, sweet and citrusy

Plant Properties

Analgesic, antiallergenic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, febrifuge, and nervous system sedative and tonic.

Benefits

Relives respiratory and sinus conditions, reduces bladder and kidney infections, lowers high cholesterol, digestive problems, insecticide, relieves anxiety, reducing jet lag, cellulite, edema, insomnia and varicose veins.

Blends with:

Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, and ylang ylang oils