Lemongrass (Cymbopogon ciatus)
Lemongrass essential oil-
Latin name: Cymbopogon ciatus
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Parts used: Dried grass
Countries of Origin: India, USA
Perfumery note: Top
Color: Pale to bright yellow, amber.
Aroma: Sweet, lemon like, earthy, fruity.
Point of interest: Two varieties, East Indian-flexuosus and West Indian-citratus. Exposure to air and light wil lessen the citral content.
Properties: Contact an aromatherapist.
Energetics: Chakras-Solar plexus, navel. TCM-Regulates the Qi and harmonizes the Shen (Holmes) Strengthens the Wood Element.
Blends well with: Herbals-Basil, coriander, Rosemary. Florals-Geranium, lavender, jasmine. Others-Cedarwood, Neroli, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Tea Tree, Yarrow.
Modes of application: Topical-massage (highly diluted) inhalation, diffuser.
Safety information: Dermal irritant. Tisserand and Young recommend no more than a max dermal limit of 0.7% dilution to avoid sensitization due to the citral content. Drug interactions, tetratogenicity. Cautions for all routes: Use with caution if taking medications metabolized by CYP2B6 enzyme.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for education purposes only and has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information may not be complete or fully accurate. This information is not intended to cure, diagnose, prevent or treat disease. As with all essential oils, always dilute prior to using topically and please perform a skin patch test prior to using. Essential oils, if used internally, should be under the direction of a qualified practitioner in Aromatic Medicine. Always seek the advise of a qualified, trained aromatherapist. Don't ever hesitate to ask about the education of the Aromatherapist. Keep out of the reach of children.