Common English Name: Lemongrass.
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus.
Plant Family: Poaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the grass.
Origin: Indigenous to Asia.
Plant Description: A tall, perennial grass that is aromatic. It has an extensive network of underground roots.
Main Chemical Components: Aldehydes (citral). West Indian lemongrass essential oil also contains monoterpenes whereas East Indian lemongrass essential oil contains a higher level of alcohols.
Blends Well With: Citrus essential oils; carrier oils.
Uses: Oily skin, damaged skin, calming.
Fun Fact: Powerful insect repellent
Cautions for Use: Possible skin sensitivity in some people.
♥ Precautions & Tips
- Please first do a patch test with lemongrass essential oil before use. To do a patch test, mix 1 drop of lemongrass essential oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil and apply it on your inner wrist. If there’s no negative reaction within 60 minutes, then go ahead and use this oil!
- A little goes a long way. As with any essential oil, use very small amounts of lemongrass essential oil to see perfect results. Do NOT use large amounts as this will irritate and cause burning sensations on your skin and hair!
- Always dilute lemongrass essential oil before application. Use a carrier oil or any other base ingredient like shampoo, aloe vera gel, unscented lotion, etc for dilution. The dilution rate is 2 drops of lemongrass oil in 1 tsp of carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
- Never drop lemongrass oil into your eyes, ears or mucous membranes.
- Do not ingest.
- Keep away from children and pets.
- Avoid during pregnancy and lactation.
- If having any severe or chronic health problems, consult a doctor before using lemongrass essential oil.