Information on Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass oil gets extracted from the lemongrass herb which comes from the Poaceae family and is also known by its botanical name of cymbopogon citratus. It originates from India and has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of many different types of infections. It is also extensively used in the production of insect deterrents, soaps and perfumes. Lemongrass oil gets extracted from the leaves of the lemongrass herb by utilizing a process called steam distillation. Lemongrass oil contains certain chemical components which are responsible for most of its health benefits and those include myrcene, citral, citronellal, limonene, geranyl acetate, neral, geraniol and nerol. The oil is known for its powerful analgesic, tonic, anti depressant, sedative, antimicrobial, Nervine, antipyretic, insecticidal, antiseptic, galactogogue, astringent, fungicidal, bactericidal, febrifuge, carminative, diuretic and deodorant properties. It can sometimes irritate the skin and it may have negative affects on pregnant women.
Lemongrass oil is very efficient in revitalizing the body, relieving the symptoms of jetlag, fighting the headaches, relieving the stress and reducing the nervous exhaustion. As it is known as an excellent tonic it can come in very handy when it comes to the boosting of the parasympathetic nervous system and stimulating the secretion of substances from numerous glands inside the human body. It can be of great help when it comes to the prevention and treatment of sore throat, gastroenteritis, laryngitis, indigestion, colitis, infectious diseases and numerous other types of respiratory infections. Lemongrass oil is also very efficient in toning the muscles, relieving the muscle pain, repelling the insects, alleviating excessive perspiration and improving the blood circulation. Lemongrass oil can be used in vapor therapy as well since it is very efficient in relieving lethargy and fatigue. It can also be blended with other types of essential oils such as basil, tea tree, cedarwood, lavender, coriander, jasmine and geranium. Mixed in with other oils it can be diluted in the bath water for the treatment of cellulite, exerted ligaments, digestive problems and nervousness. It can be used as a cream or lotion in order to treat athlete’s foot, acne, blocked pores and different types of fungal infections.