Lemongrass – Cymbopogon Flexuosus - Herb
Origin: Southern India, Italy
Blending Note: Top to Middle
Other producers are: Italy, Sri Lanka, Brazil, West India, Guatemala, Central Africa
Allergy Warning: Sensitive Skin. Carry out a 24 hour skin test before use
Main Benefits: Versatile, Tonic, Restoration
Properties: Analgesic, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial
Short History of Lemongrass:
For thousands of years lemongrass has played an important role Ayurveda, the traditional Medicine of India. Reports that lemon grass was being distilled for export as early as the 17th century in the Philippines. The first samples of the closely related citronella oil were displayed at the World’s Fair at London’s Crystal Palace in 1951.
A common ingredient in South East Asian cooking, lemongrass thrives in tropical climates and grows to about 30cm high. It is favourite oil in India for hundreds of years and known locally as ‘choomana poolu’ which refers to the plant’s red grass stems. Lemon grass produces one of the 10 – largest – selling essential oils in the world, with over 1500 tons produced annually. Like citronella, palmarosa and vetivert, it is a member of the family of aromatic grasses. Lemongrass is native to Southern India, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Guatemala but it also cultivated in Brazil and parts of Central Africa. The plant has a bulbous base with lemon scented stems and leaves.
It also produces a network of roots and rootlets which rapidly deplete the soil of its nutrients. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh and dried grass, which is first finely chopped. This produces pale amber oil with a reddish touch. Its aroma is fresh grassy citrus with an earthy undertone. The smell of lemongrass oil is generally perceived as refreshing, uplifting, calming and restorative. Teas made from the fresh or dried grass are prescribed for fever and infectious illnesses and to improve the quality and quantity of mother’s milk. The herb is also used as a digestive and carminative and is given in cases of enteritis, colitis and nervous indigestion. Modern research has confirmed the effectiveness of the remedy, particularly its ability to lower body temperature during feverish illness. Lemongrass also contains the analgesic substance myrcene, which it has been used traditionally as a headache remedy.
Nervous Fatigue, Fractures, Mental Fatigue, Exhaustion, Fever, Scabies, Muscular Aches and pains, Stress, Mild Depression, Tension Headaches, Strengthen Immune System, Colds, Flu, Athletes Foot, Poor Muscle Tone, Poor Circulation, Nervous Tension,
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