Native to Asia, two main types, western Indian and Eastern Indian.
Fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass up to 1.5 meters high, producing a network of roots and rootlets that rapidly exhaust the soil.
A yellow-amber or reddish-brown mobile liquid with a fresh, grassy-citrus scent and an earthy undertone. (West Indian lemongrass tends to darker than the Eastern Indian type).
Lemongrass was employed in traditional Indian medicine for infectious illness and fever. In India it was believed to be effective as a sedative on the central nervous system. It was also used as an insecticide and for flavouring food, and after distillation the exhausted leaves were used locally to feed the cattle.
Blends well with
Most citrus oils and also uplifts those with a flowery note.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, possible dermal irritation and/or sensitization in some individuals – use with care.
Main chemical constituents
Citral (66-85%) , myrcene (12-25%), among others. Eastern Indian Lemongrass can have up to 85% citral.
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.