lemongrass plants growing in a field

Use for Anxiety Relief, Reducing High Blood Pressure, Soothing Muscle Pain, Skin & Hair Health, Insect Repellent, Fungal Infections, Oxidative Stress

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  1. BOTANICAL NAME Cymbopogon flexuosus
  3. PARTS USED Grass
  4. EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distilled
  5. COLOR Yellow to brownish yellow
  7. AROMA Earthy, lemony aroma
  1. Reduce High Blood Pressure Lemongrass lowers diastolic blood pressure and is known to have harmonizing effects on the function of the nervous system.
  2. Soothe Muscle Pain Apply to tight muscles and tendons for immediate relief.
  3. Hair Health Lemongrass has the ability to significantly reduce dandruff and promote scalp health. Apply diluted oil to area of concern and massage gently. Rinse after 2–3 minutes.
  4. Skin Health It’s natural antiseptic and astringent properties indicate that it is a good therapeutic candidate for treating inflammatory conditions of the skin. Apply diluted oil directly to affected areas.
  5. Anxiety Relief Lemongrass essential oil is known to help relieve stress and anxiety. Apply diluted oil to pulse points.
  6. Insect Repellant Because of its high citral and geraniol content along with its antimicrobial effects, lemongrass oil is known as a herbicide and as an insecticide. Apply diluted oil.
  7. Fungicide Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
  8. Antioxidant Known to be effective in scavenging free radicals, Lemongrass is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress in the body and may reduce signs of aging and the risk of harmful diseases.

The History of Lemongrass

Lemongrass is known as gavati chaha in the Western India Marathi language (gavat = grass; chaha = tea). Lemongrass has been used in medicine in India for more than 2000 years.

In East India and Sri Lanka, Lemongrass was historically used to make soups, curries, and a local drink called “fever tea,” which was intended to treat not only fevers but also diarrhea, stomach aches and skin infections. In 1905, a Sri Lankan researcher by the name of J.F. Jovit acquired several plants from South India and planted them at a farm in order to conduct research. Lemongrass would eventually be commercially cultivated in Florida and Haiti in 1947.

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PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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