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Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus

Botanical Family: Gramineae

Place of Origin::  Guatemala

Methods of Extraction:  The oil is produced from the fresh, or partly dried, leaves of the grass.

Scent: Strong fresh citrus scent



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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.

Properties:  Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Digestive stimulant, Insecticide.

Aromatherapy Applications:  Depression, Uplifting, Acne, Athlete's foot, Vaginal candida, Cellulite, Insecticide, Vasodilator, Stimulates circulation, Recruits para-sympathetic nervous system.

Mind & Body:  Sedating, Calming

Aromatherapist Recommendations:

Try adding one drop each of Lemongrass, Lavender and Geranium to a bowl of warm water and soaking tired feet for 10 minutes.

A few drops of Lemongrass and Cedarwood in an oil burner will help keep insects away during the summer months. However, Lemongrass aroma may attract honey bees.

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 glucoma. Do not use at more than 1% dilution on the skin.

Chakra: Throat and Base.

Chinese Element: Earth (& Fire).


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