Name: Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus/flexuosus
Manufacturer: Holisticshop.co.uk - Professional quality oils
Size: 10 ml
Concentration: 100% concentrated and pure
Surprisingly intense radiant energy, which has an uplifting, invigorating and revitalizing effect on your whole being
About Lemongrass Essential Oil: To breathe in this scent is like a cool, energizing shower - a secret aid if you have trouble getting started in the morning. The perfect air freshener and a real pick-me-up, lemongrass is amazingly diverse, combating anything from headaches and digestive upsets to sports injuries and jetlag.
Description of Aroma: This is a sweet, fresh, green citrus scent, pleasantly sharp and lemony with a slightly rosy fragrance. Generally considered finer than citronella.
Ruling Planet: None.
Properties Beneficial To The Mind, Emotions And Spirit: Psychologically refreshing and stimulating, lemongrass can lift your spirits and help get you going again. This oil is the ideal remedy to combat drowsiness, irritability and morning grumpiness, and may help you overcome tiredness on a long trip. Reviving and energizing, it is particularly useful if you are mentally exhausted or having trouble concentrating. Its ability to stimulate the left brain helps in the logical thinking process which can bring about fresh thoughts and ideas if you are feeling blocked.
The aromatic influences of this oil are psychic awareness and purification. Lemongrass tea is said to develop psychic powers.
Of Interest: Native to Sri Lanka and south India, lemongrass is widely cultivated in tropical regions. It has a very long history of traditional use in Indian medicine, for example, it is made into tea as a remedy for gastric upsets. Listed in the Indian pharmacopoeia, it is a traditional antidote against infectious diseases, fevers and cholera. Known locally as 'choomana poolu', referring to its red grass stems, it is also known as Indian melissa oil or Indian verbena, although it is not the real oil of verbena as this can be ten times more expensive. According to folklore, if you plant lemongrass in your garden it will repel snakes, due to its powerful etheric properties.
This grass is related to other oil-producing plants, such as lemon verbena, citronella grass, ginger grass, palma rosa and vetiver, and also many food-producing grains and grasses - a family of plants showing amazing diversity and adaptability. After harvesting, which takes place three or four times a year, the grass is left on the ground to increase the oil content. Approximately 2,000 tons of oil are distilled around the world each year, and it takes about 33 pounds of grass to produce 1 pound of oil. The exhausted grass is used to feed cattle. The Cymbopogon flexuosus oil is produced in the East Indies, however the West Indies reputedly make a finer quality of oil from the citratus variety.
Research has shown that lemongrass is more effective against staphylococcus infection than either penicillin or streptomycin. It also decreases pain by reducing the amount of pain sensations that reach the brain, and by numbing the nerve endings.
Lemongrass is used in medicine, as culinary flavouring, in soaps, perfumes and detergents, in veterinary medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry. It is also added to more expensive oils, adulterating these to make them go further and be more cost effective.
Properties Beneficial To The Physical Body: Lemongrass is an intensely powerful antiseptic, fungicide, bacteriacide and disinfectant that helps fight the spread of infection. It is also an effective painkiller and can be applied to ease the discomfort and reduce swelling of arthritis, pulled ligaments, sports injuries and general body aches and pains. Its ability to boost the parasympathetic nervous system aids recovery from illness, and its purifying and tonic effect is diuretic and stimulating for the lymph drainage system. It is also reputed to regenerate connective tissue and have a sedating effect on the central nervous system.
Lemongrass is also beneficial to the digestive system, as it relaxes the stomach muscles and intestines, plus it can ease respiratory problems and sore throats. Add a couple of drops to a foot bath to revive legs and feet that have been standing for long periods, or to overcome jetlag.
Reputedly a capable astringent, face tonic and cleanser, try this oil to tighten your pores, and to purify and balance oily skin conditions or acne.
Lemongrass Oil Blending Suggestions: To give your blends a deliciously fresh lemony note, try mixing lemongrass with pine, eucalyptus, juniper, geranium, lavender, lime, basil cedarwood, coriander, jasmine, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rosemary, tea tree and yarrow.
Alternative Suggestions For Use: Diffuse lemongrass if you need help concentrating at home or in the office - it will freshen, deodorize and disinfect the air most pleasantly. Put a few drops in your cleaning water for bathrooms, kitchens, appliances, furniture etc. Insects, including fleas, dislike the fragrance, making it an effective repellent.
Essential Safety Precautions: Lemongrass may irritate sensitive skins so always use well diluted. Never apply to damaged or inflamed skin, including eczema and psoriasis. Not to be used with estrogen-dependant cancers.
Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
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Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.
Lower quality oils are available on the market but we continue to pick the best quality source for every oil. For example our lavender oil is "High Alpine" lavender from Mount Ventoux in the Pyrennes and the ylang ylang is the "complete" oil, not the ylang ylang II or III which come from a different stage in the distillation process. In the current climate essential oil prices on the open market have risen quite dramatically and some sellers are cutting quality. We have maintained quality, bought well and kept as competitive as always.
We do not buy anonymous drums of essential oils on the open market and we do not redistill lower quality oils to remake a “scientifically” higher grade oil that does not smell great (this happens sometimes with ylang ylang). We know the country and the growers of all our oils. Please be assured by the care we take with making sure our oils are great quality. You will smell the difference.
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