Oil Summary: Lemongrass is known for its widespread use as a citrusy seasoning for culinary delights, especially those from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Besides its use as a spice, however, the plant also yields a potent essential oil, – creating the Lemongrass Essential Oil – whose remarkable therapeutic properties make it an effective natural treatment for numerous health conditions. Lemongrass, also called Cymbopogon, is an evergreen perennial herb native to the warm regions of India, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. Lemongrass is a member of the grass family, and like regular lawn grass, it grows in clumps, and its leaves are bright green with sharp edges. However, mature lemongrass clumps are larger, reaching a height of about three feet. For centuries, lemongrass has been used in flavouring for tea and cuisines, as well as a remedy for various diseases and illnesses. In East India and Sri Lanka, traditional herbalists mixed it with other herbs to treat fever, stomach upsets, diarrhoea, and irregular menstruation. There is also substantial evidence of its use in early Chinese civilization to alleviate headaches, flu, colds, and rheumatic pains.
Odor and Appearance: A light yellow to light brown liquid having a lemon like odor.
Country of origin: India
Botanical Name: Cymbopogn flexuosus
Contraindication: Regulated amounts of lemongrass oil are safe for most people, both on the skin and in food. However, some allergic individuals have reported experiencing adverse side effects after inhaling lemongrass; such as throat discomfort and lung problems. Lemongrass oil can also cause rashes when used on sensitive skin. A patch test is, therefore, highly recommended. By promoting the seamless flow of blood, lemongrass helps to prevent complications that come with low blood pressure. However, anyone suffering from hypertension should seek expert advice before using the oil. Similarly, pregnant women should take caution with lemongrass, because large amounts can induce menstruation and cause a miscarriage.
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