Lemongrass Oil is extracted from the Cymbopogon Citratus, is one of the most widely used essential oil in the aromatherapy industry. Lemongrass oil is gaining its popularity owing to its lemony, sweet smell. This Lemon equivalent scent of Lemongrass oil has enabled it to be used in all the places where a Lemon flavor is preferred. Moreover the Lemon flavor has an acidic property where as the Lemongrass oil is not acidic and is also rich in Vitamin A. This has given the Lemongrass oil an edge over the Lemon Flavor. Lemongrass essential oil properties also extend to creating a sense of emotional well-being, an important attribute to have in this fast-paced world.
Though Lemongrass is native to India, now it is grown in various temperate countries of the world. The lemon grass is dried and powdered or used fresh in the Asian cuisine especially in the Thai foods.
The main chemical components of Lemongrass oil are: Citral, Farnesol, Nerol, Citronellal and Myrcene. Andropogon flexuosus and Cymbopogon flexuous has far higher Citral content than that of cymbopogon citrates.The essential oil of the lemongrass plant is characterized by its yellow color and watery consistency compared to other oils. Though lemongrass is watery in viscosity, it is very much concentrated and should be mixed with a carrier oil before applied on the body.
Apart from its sweet Citrus flavor, Lemongrass oil provides a lot of health benefits for the human body. The properties of Lemongrass essential oil include antiseptic, analgesic, anti fungal, antimicrobial and antidepressant. This oil is very apt for relaxing a tired body.