Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass (or Indian verbena) is a tall perennial grasse of the Poaceae family, widely found accross tropical Asia.

  • Bath

  • Dermal application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Lemongrass essential oil must be diluted (to 5%) before applying to the skin.

Not suitable for:
pregnant or breastfeeding women,
children under 7,
persons allergic to one of the components (neral, geranial, citronnellol, geraniol, limonene, linalool),
asthmatics unless otherwise recommended by an allergist,
epilepsy patients or those with a medical history of convulsive disorders.

Sleep disorders (from age 12):
Pour 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil + 2 drops of sweet almond plant oil on a neutral tablet and allow to dissolve in the mouth at dinner time and bedtime, for 2 weeks. In addition, inhale 3 to 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil (on a tissue) for twenty minutes at bedtime.

Nervous system imbalance:
3 times per day, 5 days per week for 3 weeks, pour 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 2 drops of St John's Wort or sweet almond plant oil on a neutral tablet and allow to dissolve in the mouth.

Heavy and swollen legs:
Massage the legs (from bottom to top) with 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil, diluted in 1 teaspoon of calophyllum plant oil and 1 teaspoon of macadamia plant oil, twice per day, for 8 to 10 days. Always seek the advice of a pharmacist before use.

As lemongrass leaves have a strong lemony fragrance when crushed, the plant is also known as "Idian verbena", though it is in no way related to verbena.

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