Lemongrass Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cymbopogon Citratus
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Lemongrass is a fast-growing perennial grass with long thin leaves, and grows to about 1 meter in height. It originally grew wild in India, and gets its name from the lemony smell of its oil. The essential oil is extracted from fresh or partly dried leaves via steam distillation. Lemongrass essential oil has a fresh, lemony and earthy scent, with a thin consistency, and is pale yellow to vivid yellow in colour.
Lemongrass essential oil is a renowned tonic; it helps with nervous tension, stress-related exhaustion, depression, tension headaches and mental fatigue. It can help to boost the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn can aid recovery from illness, and is useful in the fight against respiratory infections such as sore throats and fever. It is a well-used oil for sports massage, due to its analgesic properties, and can help to relieve muscular aches and pains associated with exercise. It contains a high proportion of citral, which is anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. When correctly diluted it is effective at treating fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. On the skin it helps to tone and revitalise and is used to help acne, oily skin, sunburn, psoriasis, insect bites and stings. If you do not have sensitive skin, dabbing on a little diluted lemongrass essential oil will repel midges and mosquitoes.
Lemongrass essential oil is particularly useful for feet. Feet are far more important to our health than many of us realise; our feet should be treated with care and attention to minimise the effect on the rest of the body. For example, women who wear stiletto heals can often suffer from foot problems, because the foot is pushed into the toe of the shoe, and this can then manifest itself as back pain; walking barefoot is good for your feet as it allows them to relax and stretch naturally. Treat your feet – giving your feet a good massage, with correctly diluted lemongrass essential oil, will help to ease the aching and tiredness caused by our hectic daily lives.
Lemongrass can also be used on animals. Because of its insect repelling properties it is a great way to keep fleas, ticks and lice at bay, as well as leaving your beloved pet smelling nice and fresh. Note about animal use: Certain oils can be very toxic to animals. Please consult your vet if you are unsure about using essential oils on your pet.
Lemongrass essential oil blends particularly well with basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender and tea tree. It can be used in burners and vaporisers to give a mood-elevating scent that fills the room, and in turn helps to ease nervousness, revive the mind and relieve fatigue when feeling lethargic. It also possesses good insect repelling properties and can be used alone or with oils such as cedarwood, eucalyptus or tea tree to keep those bugs away. In a bath or massage oil it can aid digestive problems, nervousness, infections, be used as a general tonic or ease over exerted muscles and ligament’s. In a cream or lotion it is helpful in clearing cellulite as well as skin toning, opening blocked pores and helping with acne. Its anti-septic properties help treat athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
Chemical constituents of lemongrass essential oil: Fernesol, Geraniol, Nerol, Citral, Citronellal, limonene and Myrcene.
Properties of lemongrass essential oil: Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Bacteriacide, Carminative, Deodorant, Digestive, Diuretic, Fungicide, Galactagogue, Insecticide, Prophylactic, Stimulant Tonic.
Why do we use Lemongrass essential oil: We use lemongrass essential oil to help with acne and oily skin, for its great anti-septic and anti-fungal properties, and fresh, uplifting scent.
Where do we use Lemongrass essential oil: We use Lemongrass essential oil in our Natural Handmade Lemongrass Soap, we also stock 100% pure lemongrass essential oil for mixing your own blends.
Lemongrass essential oil can irritate sensitive skin, therefore care should be taken when using it. It should be avoided during pregnancy.
Note: The essential oil information provided, by Soapy Skin Ltd, within this article is intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted oils, absolutes, CO2 or other concentrated essences on to the skin without advanced essential oils knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer or have any other medical problems, only use oils under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children, and is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before doing so. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using oil you have never used before. For in-depth information on oils safety issues, read Essential oil safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.