- Plant Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
- Method of Extraction: The oil is produced from the fresh, or partly dried, leaves of the grass.
- Main Therapeutic Properties: Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Digestive stimulant, Insecticide.
- Fragrance profile: Lemongrass has a fresh, clean, citrus aroma.
- Contraindications: Do not use on children under the age of 2. Do not use on sensitive or damaged skin. Avoid using on people with prostatic hyperplasia or glaucoma. Do not use at more than 0.05 % dilution on the skin. Keep away from children. Do not use during pregnancy
- Oil Appearance: Yellow to amber.
- Chakra: Throat and Base.
- Chinese Element: Earth (& Fire).
Lemongrass can be very refreshing and relaxing and is commonly used as an insect repellent. Lemongrass oil helps to revive a tired mind and is a great tonic to revitalise the body.
Lemongrass is produced from two totally distinct botanical species of Cymbopogon. Citratus is found only under cultivation, particularly in Guatemala. Despite early origins in Sri Lanka and India, it is sometimes confusingly referred to as West Indian Lemongrass. The other type is Cymbopogon Flexuosus which is only cultivated in relatively limited areas of India, particularly Kerala.