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Lemongrass Essential Oil:
Lemongrass Essential oil initially was
supplied from India but Lemongrass is now widely cultivated and the oil
extracted in the US too.
Lemongrass essential oil can be very harsh on
skins so dosage must be managed carefully.
Here to go to the Lemongrass herb page for more information
Oil Properties and Uses:
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Essential Oil Constituents:
Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial
and neral which combined are known as Citral.
Citral has sedative,
antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical
compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less
hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin
irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial,
citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric
smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more
cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are
Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing
nausea and diarrhoea.
For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect
noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an
antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these
properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb.
Limonene also has antiviral properties.
Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely
distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous
system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a
sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin
complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.
Menthol: Used widely in pharmaceutical products as an inhalant
to decongest the respiratory tract, Menthol has spasmolytic, antimicrobial and
Menthol is one of the many aromatic alcohols found
in plants, highly valued for their healing properties and fragrances. Most are
non irritant to skin and mucus membranes.
Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly
valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are
antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.
Dipentene: No current data available
Myrcene: A monoterpene found in essential oil
Monoterpenes: One of the many terpenes, monoterpenes (the
smallest of the terpenes, although one of the most widely occurring) are mostly
found in essential or volatile oils. Aromatherapists use monoterpenes as a mucus
membrane tonic as decongestants and to ease nasal and other mucus membrane
Monoterpenes evaporate easily and have a low boiling point.
Monoterpenes are mostly colorless and odorless, prone to oxidation. Oxidants
from monoterpenes could be irritant.
Monoterpenes are antiseptic,
antiviral and bactericidal.
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studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb or oil should not be
used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where
possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
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