Lemongrass is a tall perennial plant. It has a citrus flavor and is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. The species citratus is more suited for cooking. After the distillation process, the leftover grass is used locally to feed cattle.
Research has been done with this plant and its affect on cancer cells. In Israel, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research investigated the anti-cancer potential of citral, the main active component of Cymbopogon flexuosus, and its mode of action. Concentrations of citral, comparable to the concentration in a cup of tea made from 1 gm of lemongrass, induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in several hematopoietic (pertaining to the formation of blood or blood cells in the body) cancer cell lines.
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Botanical Name - Cymbopogon flexuosus
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Grass
Note Classification - Top
Aroma - Lemony, straw like, green
Color – Yellow to amber
Effect - Warming
Largest Producing Countries - Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and Guatemala
Other Areas of Origin - Africa
Traditional Use – Lemongrass oil is used extensively as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes. It’s also used for the isolation of citral and for the adulteration of more costly oils such as verbena or melissa.
Properties - Analgesic, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antipyretic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, depurative, digestive, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative, tonic, and vasodilator.
Benefits - Acne, athletes foot, cellulite, colitis, digestion, excessive sweat, fevers, gastroenteritis, headaches, infectious disease, insect repellant (fleas, ticks), muscular pain, nervous exhaustion and stress-related condition, open sores, opens skin pores, pediculosis(head lice), poor circulation, repels intestinal parasites, scabies, and slack tissue.
Blends Well With - Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, thyme linalol, vetiver, and ylang ylang.
Safety Data –
must be diluted. This oil is non-toxic, but possibly causes dermal irritation and/or sensitization in some individuals. Use this oil with care. Its use while pregnant is not recommended.
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