Aromatherapy: Essential Oil of the Day: Lemongrass


Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Parts used to make oil: Leaves

Lemongrass

This is a sweetly scented grass that grows up to 5′. It is originally native in India and Sri Lanka it is now cultivated world wide in tropical regions. It has a volatile oil called citral and another you may have even heard of, citronella. Both oils are very sedative.
One of several herbs that are used as a food flavoring, medicinal purposes and as a scent.
The essential oil has been used for many years as a scent in soaps and perfumes. As an essential oil it can help relieve such conditions as lethargy, depression, stress and headaches.
It can also be used as an insect repellent. It repels such insects as fleas, flies, mosquitoes, lice and ticks.

Note: If you use this on your skin, be sure to dilute it well as it can cause skin irritation. The essential oil should not be taken internally.

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