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Cymbopogon Citratus is a perennial fast-growing aromatic grass, growing to about 1 meter high with long, thin leaves. This oil is produced by steam distillation of the leaves. The colour of Lemongrass oil is dark yellow. It has a fresh, lemony scent. The main chemical component of Lemongrass oil is Citral
Lemongrass oil is taken as a tea to remedy digestive problems, for diarrhea and stomach aches, for fever, as a poultice, to ease pain and arthritis, to treat infectious illnesses, for muscle aches, to treat atheletes foot, to treat acne, for fighting jet lag, cellulite, to combat excessive perspiration, to boost the parasympathetic nervous system, to stimulate glandular secretions, to treat respiratory infections, to treat colitis and gastro-enteritis, to relieve cough and nasal congestion, to rejuvenate the body and get relief from headaches and in the treatment of various skin diseases. It is used extensively in ayurvedic medicine.
It is also used for body toning, for getting rid of fear, depression and anxiety, and is used as a excellent relaxant. It plays the role of a tranquilizer, and is used for revitalizing a tired body and mind. It is used as a culinary flavoring. It is a valuable ingredient in perfumes and citrus-type soaps. It is one of the widely used essential oils in aromatherapy. Due to its sweet and refreshing smell and medicinal properties it is considered one of the best oil for massage. It is also very popular as a flavour due to its lemon flavour and smell. Lemongrass oil is neutral and is rich in Vitamin A. Lemongrass oil is also used as a pesticide and insect repellent. It is digestive, antiseptic, refreshing, antimicrobial, antifungal, antispasmodic, astringent, analgesic, anti-depressant, antipyretic, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, galactagogue, insecticidal and nervine.
Lemongrass oil blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Coriander, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender and Tea tree oils.
Specifications of Indian Lemon grass essential oil
|Appearance||Yellow coloured liquid|
|Odour||The odour is strong, sharp, pungent & fresh - grassy Lemon type, herbaceous or tea like odour.|
|Specific Gravity at 25°/25°C||0.894 - 0.904|
|Refractive Index at 20°C||1.4830 - 1.4890|
|Optical Rotation||-3º To +1º|
|Content of total Aldehyde as Citral||75% - 76 %|
|Main constituents||Citral, Geraniol, Myrcene.|
|Solubility||Soluble in Alcohol and other organics solvents & insoluble in water|
|Storage||Store in a cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers, protected from heat and light|