Lemongrass is known by the scientific names Cymbopogon Citratus or Andropogon Citratus. The main constituents of its essential oil are Myrcene, Citronellal, Geranyl Acetate, Nerol, Geraniol, Neral, Limonene, and Citral. This grass is used in countless beverages (including tea), desserts and other forms of culinary creations as a flavoring agent, where fresh lemon is not available or is not to be used because of its more potent flavor. It is widely used in Chinese and Thai recipes.
Lemongrass oil is highly used in holistic medical practices throughout the world and cultivated, primarily in North America and the Mediterranean. Extractions of the oil are obtained by cold expression of the peels of unripe fruit.
The oil is sold as a pure essential oil, standardized lemongrass oil (for consistency), or it can be mixed with other oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, lemon balm oil, or mineral oil, depending on how it will be used. It is found in many personal care products, home cleaning products, and furniture polishes. Many home cleaning products contain lemongrass oil because a lot of people associate the smell of lemons with freshness and cleanliness.
Qualities of lemongrass
Analgesic: Lemongrass Essential Oil helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections like cough, cold, influenza, fever, and various poxes.
Lemongrass Oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, and it uplifts spirits and fights depression. This also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, lemongrass can be systematically administered to patients of acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation after acute shock.
Antimicrobial and Antibacterial:
Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties which makes it an inhibitor of microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally.
This is quite similar to a febrifuge but it is effective on very high fevers as well. This oil can bring down a fever when it is beginning to reach dangerous levels. This property of Lemongrass, which comes from its essential oils, is widely known and utilized.
The antiseptic properties of Lemongrass Oil make it a good application for external and internal wounds as well as an ingredient of antiseptic lotions and creams. Astringent: Astringent helps the stoppage of blood flow by contraction of the blood vessels. If someone is bleeding profusely, you need to utilize an astringent to speed up clotting of the blood and stop the flow to save his or her life. It promotes contraction of gums, hair follicles, muscles, skin and blood vessels, thereby preventing loosening and falling out of teeth, hair loss and it reduces the flow of blood through the vessels. Some of these properties can be life-saving.
Lemongrass Oil helps bring down fevers by battling the infections from which the fever is caused, as well as by increasing perspiration, which induces sweating out of toxins.
Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections, both external and internal.
An agent which tones up and boosts health is a tonic. Lemongrass Oil is a tonic in a very clear sense. It tones all the systems functioning in the body.
So it is a herb with a lot of uses and a lot of benefits if consumed or applied regularly on your body.