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 Lemongrass Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Lemongrass

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Oil Name:Lemongrass
Note:Top
Parts of plant used:Grass stalks and leaves
Botanical Name:Cymbopogon Citratus
Aroma:Strong, citric, sweet

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.

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Lemongrass Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

FatigueTonicNerve tonic
digestive aidSore ThroatLaringytis
Muscular painHeadachesInsecticide
DepressionAntisepticCarminative
DiureticDeodorantStimulant
AntifungalAntidipressantAntibacterial

Lemongrass 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:
Geranial
Citronellal
Neral
Citral
Cinnamic Aldehyde
Benzaldehyde

 

 

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.

 

Humulene:

 

Menthol: Used widely in pharmaceutical products as an inhalant to decongest the respiratory tract, Menthol has spasmolytic, antimicrobial and carminative properties.

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 of basil.

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 discomfort.

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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