Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil, cymbopogon flexuosus, has a rose and lemony, but herbal and slightly bitter. Gives Ivory soap it's familiar scent. Used in cosmetics such as hair conditioner, facial water, lotion, and for oily hair and skin. Great insect repellent and attacks fungi by discouraging mold growth. Antiseptic was or compress used on skin infections, especially ringworm and infected sores. Used to reduce headaches, and in massage oils for indigestion pain, rheumatism, and nervousness.
Lemon Grass is a fast growing, tall, aromatic, perennial grass up to 1.5m high, producing a network of roots. The essential oil is produced from the fresh and partially dried leaves (grass), finely chopped, and steam distilled.
Lemongrass essential oil, cymbopogon flexuosus, blends well with the following essential oils: basil, jasmine, lavender, geranium, fennel, orange, labdanum, oakmoss, benzoin, chamomile, lavandin, eucalyptus, elemi, sandalwood, ylang ylang, sage, and other citrus oils
Cautions - Non toxic, possible dermal irritation and/or sensitization in some individuals.
Properties - Analgestic, anti-depressant, antimicrobal, anti-oxidant, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticide, nervine, sedative (nervous), tonic.

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