Origin: Sri Lanka
Synonyms: Andropogon flexuosos, Cymbopogon citratus
Cultivation: USDA and EcoCert organic cultivation in Sri Lanka
Composition: 100% Lemongrass essential oil, certified organic by USDA and EcoCert
Extraction: Water-steam distillation of aerial parts
Active Constituents: Aldehydes: citral
Viscosity: Thin, thickens with age
Color: Yellow to dark yellow
About: With its low cost, diverse therapeutic potential and bright, spicy-lemon scent, Lemongrass is one of the best-known essential oils. The oil is steam distilled from Lemongrass’s yellow-green blades, which themselves have a citrus-like aroma. Dried and fresh lemongrass is used extensively in Asian cooking and herbal medicine. Our Lemongrass essential oil is organically cultivated and steam distilled in Sri Lanka. Always use diluted; neat application may cause skin-irritation.
Common Uses: Lemongrass essential oil is added to household cleaning products, air-fresheners, lotion, soap, massage oils, salves for joints and muscles, soaking salts, salt scrubs, perfumes, colognes, foot baths, sugar scrubs, diffusers, respiratory salves, baths, body mist, reed diffusers, candles, smelling salts, and many other DIY products.
Blending Recommendations: Lemongrass blends well with nearly every other essential oil. It has a strong scent and a small amount adds warmth to any combination. It especially blends well with warm, spicy, woody, citrus, minty, and pungent scents.
Basil, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, May Chang, Melissa, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Wild Scotch Pine, Rosemary Cineol, Sage, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.
Safety Information: Lemongrass essential oil is not for hypersensitive skin or for children under 2 years of age. Do not use internally if pregnant or if taking diabetes medication.
Maximum adults dilution: 2.5%; 14 drops per ounce of carrier.
Maximum dilution recommended for children: 0.5% or 3 drops per ounce of carrier.
Geranyle Acetate 1.44%
Caryophyllene Oxyide 0.54%
Methy Eugenol less than 10ppm
Safrol less than 10ppm
Methychavicol less than 10ppm
Shelf Life: 2 years in proper conditions before quality declines.
Storage: Store upright, cap closed, in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Notes: Non-GMO, No pesticides, No insecticides, No additives, Gluten free, Vegan, Cruelty free, No carrier oil added.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) from Sri Lanka.
Veriditas Botanicals certified organic lemongrass essential oil has a lemony, spicy, citronella scent. Lemongrass is an unassuming aromatic perennial grass with powerful properties and health enhancing benefits. Lemongrass cleans the air, is antimicrobial, strengthens the tissues of the body and is detoxifying. This essential oil is perfect for household cleaners and an aromatherapy mist diffuser. Its lemony clean scent is enjoyable and creates and protective shield against airborne allergens which keeps sickness and bugs away. You can even plant lemongrass in your gardens throughout the United States to help repel bug and for cooking.
Lemongrass essential oil is high in organic compounds known as aldehydes which are some of the most aromatic molecules in essential oils and plants in general. This makes lemongrass a powerful oil which is best used diluted in a carrier for application to sensitive skin. Aldehydes are responsible for the smells like citronella which are calming and anti-inflammatory. It is most commonly used for its antimicrobial, antiseptic properties and analgesic or pain reducing abilities. It is also stimulating yet calms the nerves it is antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulating and astringent. I apply this oil to sore muscles, joints, sprains and bruises. It can be helpful for the respiratory system and aids in relieving sinus congestion, and respiratory infection. Lemongrass is a powerful herbal remedy for skin conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, and oily skin.
Lemongrass is used as a culinary herb in Asian foods and is also used in detoxifying and immune stimulating teas. I enjoy making Thai coconut soups and will add a single drop of Veriditas organic lemongrass essential oil for that wonderful lemongrass flavor. *Do not use non organic essential oils for food flavoring!
Lemongrass blends well with many oils and is often used in massage oil to relieve stress and tension. It blends well with the essential oils of basil, bergamot, clary sage, cypress, geranium rose, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, orange, patchouli, palmarosa, peppermint, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang.
In Ayurveda lemongrass is helpful for finding balance in spring as it reduces excess kapha. In other words, it helps reduce congestion in the body whether it’s in the emotions and thoughts or in the sinus and muscles. Lemongrass also supports the building of agni or the fire in the body. Agni is the heat of the body and it is metabolism, the digestive power and the purifying and detoxifying force with-in the body. Agni is often damped in spring due to windy, damp and heavy environmental conditions. Lemongrass is used traditionally in India for fighting fever and infectious illness as well as to calm the nervous system.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses lemongrass tea and essential oil to reduce phlegm and excess dampness in the body. Lemongrass essential oil achieves these feats because it has dry and warm qualities.
try these recipies!
Veriditas Botanicals all purpose surface cleanser
4 ounces white vinegar
4 ounces water
20 drops lemongrass
25 drops scots pine
12 drops lavender
14 drops lemon
This cleans surfaces floors and also supports our health during the spring months.
Make your own bug spray!
30 drops Lavender
20 drops peppermint
15 drops Lemongrass
30 drops Eucalyptus citridora
Mix the oils in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add 1 Tablespoon of vodka or vinegar then top off with water.
Sore muscles and joints massage oil:
Use 1 oz organic and unrefined sesame or jojoba oil and add:
8 drops ginger
4 drops lemongrass
5 drops helichrysum
8 drops peppermint
Massage into the affected areas or use on the whole body for a detoxifying and nourishing skin treatment.