Latin name: Cymbopogon flexuosus
Country of origin: India
Part of the plant: Leaves (fresh/partially dried)
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Geranial, neral, geraniol
Properties: Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, deodorant, sedative, anti-inflammatory.
Native to India, lemongrass essential oil has a long history with South America and Southeast Asia. It is predominantly grown in India, China, and Central America and is a top-selling essential oil.
Lemongrass essential oil has many benefits including the ability to effectively work as an insect repellent. It is also strongly antifungal and antimicrobial, ridding unwanted bacteria from the skin and countertops alike. Couple this with the fresh scent and the oil is quite suitable for a myriad of cosmetic applications such as soaps, deodorants, perfumes, and much more. The fresh scent works wonders on the mind and infuses a sense of vitality and is considered an antidepressant. Lemongrass oil has analgesic properties helping to recover from muscle soreness, arthritis, and jet lag.
Lemongrass essential oil is an excellent addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, perfumery, incense, candles, and aromatherapy.
Physical uses: Muscle aches, muscle fatigue, stiff joints, jet lag, poor circulation, indigestion, infections, lymphatic support, immune support.
Skin care uses: Congested skin, oily skin, blemishes, minor skin infections, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, body odor, bruises, skin tonic.
Psychological uses: Stress, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, mental fog, mild depression.
Subtle uses: Clears energy blocks. Dispels negativity.
Notes: Use Lemongrass in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Manifest Essentials offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Methods of Use
Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion or body oil directly to damp skin.
Foot bath: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
Uses are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
Caution with internal use. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)