Essential oil of the month Lemongrass!
Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass, is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants (herb) in the grass family. Lemongrass is widely used as a culinary herb in Asian cuisines prized for its strong citrus flavor with hints of mint and ginger it is also a medicinal herb in India. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 5 feet tall. Its appearance rivals that of many ornamental types of grass and can easily fulfill a similar role in the landscape. Harvest lemongrass for its bulbous stem bases, rich with lemony flavor, or clip leaves for infusing tea and soup stock. The oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows that lemongrass oil has antifungal properties. Despite its ability to repel some insects, such as mosquitoes, its oil is commonly used as a “lure” to attract honey bees.
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The essential oil is stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing. The chemical composition of lemongrass essential oil varies according to the geographical origin; the compounds typically include hydrocarbon terpenes, alcohols, ketones, esters, and mainly aldehydes. The essential consists of mainly citral at about 70 to 80 percent.
Lemongrass essential oil is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin:
It also provides essential minerals such as:
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow
Strength of Aroma
Fresh, lemony, earthy.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses
Muscular Aches & Pains; as well as Headaches
Helps Physical & Mental Exhaustion, Anxiety, & Depression by Boosting Self-esteem, Confidence, Hope, & Mental Strength
Inhibits Microbial & Fungal Growth has Antiseptic Properties; Helping Lower Fevers, Acne, Heal Wounds
Stimulates Urine & Lactation
Helps with Hairloss
Sedative & Calming
Lemongrass is personally one of my favorite essential oils!