Botanical Name: Cymbopogon flexuosus
Also sometimes called East Indian Lemongrass Oil Or Lemon Grass oil. In Hindi it is called Neebu Ghass Ka tail. Lemon stands for Neebu and grass is Ghass. The species is a perennial grass native to Eastern Part of India also found in neighborhood countries including Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. It is placed in the genus Cymbopogon (lemon grasses).
Lemongrass Essential oil is produced by steam distillation of freshly cut grass leaves. It can also extract it using alcohol solvent extraction. It is believed to help in treatment of stress related disorders such as headache. Also help in treating fungal, bacteria etc.
Chemistry: Its main chemical component is aldehydes, 55 to 80%, with smaller amounts of alcohols, sesquiterpenols, esters, monoterpenes, with minor amounts of sesquiterpenes, oxides and ketones. This sounds overwhelming and what it means is the aldehydes are antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-bacterial, and soothing. Alcohols are antimicrobial and sustain the immune system. Sesquiterpenols are sedative, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Esters are sedative, antispasmodic, adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory. Monoterpenes are immune stimulating and antiseptic. Sesquiterpenes are anti-inflammatory and calming. Oxides are a stimulant, antispasmodic and expectorant. Ketones are skin curative, mucolytic and antimicrobial.
Part of the plant: Dried leaves are used to keep people focused and alert. This essential oil is derived from an perfumed grass that grows 5 feet tall. It has narrow leaf blades and branches into stalks of flowers. The color is a golden-yellow with a charming, overpowering aroma. Lemongrass is steam distilled from the leaves and partially dried grass. When the oil is diffused into the air, it deodorizes and freshens a room. The room soon has a beautiful lemony aroma.
Lemongrass may help the body heal itself from the following: Acne, Athlete’s feet, Balances excessive perspiration, Boils, Bruises, Colitis, Cystitis, Digestive issues, Edema, Headaches, Improve eyesight, Inability to concentrate, Intestinal infections, Ligament repair, Lymphatic cleanser, Nervous exhaustion, Stimulates appetite, Supports the spleen and thymus gland as an immune stimulant, Tones and repairs tendon and ligament issues (remarkable)
Body, Mind, Spirit Connection: Lemongrass is a tonic and strengthener to the immune system and the Central Nervous system. It is a nervine to the Parasympathetic Nervous System. It helps cleanse and purify the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the body. It improves circulation and it helps the body to heal varicose veins.
Like all lemon-scented oils, lemongrass is an excellent choice as a natural insect repellant. It is used to protect animals from fleas and ticks. It attacks fungus and retards mold growth. Researchers have found it to be more efficient against staph infection than penicillin or streptomycin.
Lemongrass has astringent qualities. This is why it is found in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos and other body products.