Lemon Grass is a citrus-scented herb that closely resembles the scent of lemons. Its medicinal and culinary uses are well known throughout the world.
Extracted from the leaves and stems of lemongrass plants, lemongrass essential oil has a unique citrus scent. The effective ingredients in lemongrass essential oil are believed to have many helpful medicinal properties. It’s a common natural remedy for relief, making it a popular aromatherapy massage oil. Also known as citronella grass or fever grass, lemongrass is a subtropical and tropical plant that is primarily native to Asia. It is prized for its citrus-tinged flavor, striking appearance, and nutritional properties.
Lemon is added to teas, soups, salads, and other dishes because it is high in:
Lemongrass is used in various Asian recipes, as well as an ornamental plant.
The four-inch height of the plant and the stark elegance of the stems make lemongrass a popular decoration in spas, restaurants, and homes that appreciate clean feng shui.
For those who like to garden, lemongrass grows easily in sandy soils and in full sun.
Uses of Lemon Grass
People use this essential oil in a variety of ways. So far as we know, none of these applications have been verified or approved by the FDA. Certainly, none of our HomeGrown Herbalist products have any such approval or verification from the FDA so the following information is strictly for entertainment only.
- Lemongrass oil is rumored to have been used medicinally in the Philippines as early as the 17th century, but it did not achieve success in Western cultures until about 1905.
- Sri Lankan researcher JF Jovit provided the first 20th century research on the uses of lemongrass oil, which sparked interest from the West.
- Lemongrass oil was first cultivated in Florida and Cuba in 1947.
- A 1951 World’s Fair booth for citronella essential oil, a well-known insect repellent, helped popularize lemongrass oil due to the similar properties of the oils.
Lemongrass Oil Side Effects and Precautions
As with any potential remedy, it is best to use common sense and consult a medical professional other than Dr. Google before taking it. No remedy is for everyone. Avoid essential oil during pregnancy. Do not use as with diagnosis of hypertension or epilepsy. Always use diluted with another carrier oil. Lemongrass essential oil is also known to cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight) and allergic contact dermatitis in people with skin sensitivities or allergies.
*These statements have not been verified by the FDA and is only referenced here as a fun fact and/or for historical commentary, is not to be used as medical advice in any way. Consult your doctor before using any herbal product.
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