A dark yellow to amber, thin oil that is a steam distillation of the fresh, finely chopped grass.
Cymbopogon Flexuosus Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Lemon Grass Essential Oil are:
It controls excessive perspiration, so use it as part of a blend in deodorants.
It tones the muscles and makes them more supple, so it is ideal in massage lotions and oil blends.
Very good to use in pre and post sports gels and lotions as it is an effective pain reliever.
It is also an effective skin toner that helps to reduce pore size.
Helps with cellulite so include it in body wraps and treatment gels.
Clears up acne prone skin and helps to balance oily skin.
Good to use in foot creams and gels for athlete’s foot
Helps to balance an oily scalp, so use it in shampoos for greasy hair.
A good insect repellent, so use in holiday shampoos as well.
Revitalises the mind and body so is ideal to use with jet lag.
An excellent choice to use during periods of convalescence.
Anti bacterial against both gram negative and gram positive pathogens, so is excellent to use in general house cleaning.
Combine with Cypress and Grapefruit in cellulite gels and lotions.
Use with Fragonia in foot creams.
Add to Rosehip for reducing pore size in facial creams and lotions.
Use with Geranium to balance an oily skin type.
Blend with Rosemary in shampoos and shower gels.
Use with Plai or Niaouli in post sports products.
Avoid during pregnancy as it may irritate sensitive skin. Also, be aware that it may irritate acne prone skin if the acne is very pustulous and it should not be used on broken skin.
Warning: Essential oils can be toxic to some animals. Consult a veterinary surgeon if concerned.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to help with chest infections along with Myrrh and Frankincense.
Antispasmodic for colitis and helps with digestive upsets by stimulating the digestion.
Even though it’s overall effect is invigorating and stimulating, it has a sedating effect on the central nervous system, so the energy is better controlled.
Frequently used as a general tonic to boost the body or to use in convalescence to restore the body.
Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for fever and infectious illnesses.
Has been used for centuries in soap making and perfumery.