East Indian: Cymbopogon flexuosus
Country of Origin
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Lemongrass Essential Oil smells fresh, lemony and slightly herbaceous.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses
Analgesic (pain relief), Antifungal, Nervine (calms and soothes the nerves), Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Headache relief, Aids detoxification, Supports eye health, Anticancer, Anticonvulsive, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antiallergenic, Antiparasitic, Antiseptic, Antivral, Astringent, Antibacterial, Antineuralgic, Helps expel excess gas, Relievers diarrhea, Muscular Aches And Pains, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Indigestion, Physical And Mental Exhaustion, Acne, Insect Repellent, Eases sports injuries, Aids digestion, Helps heal bruises, Circulatory aid, Reduces fever, Deodorant, Soothes swollen glands, Sedating, Antidepressant, Helps ease difficult emotional transitions, Energizing, Reduces mental fatigue, Stress management
Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 599.
Acne, athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration, flatulence, insect repellent, muscle aches, oily skin, scabies, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Major Constituents of East Indian Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
- Geranyl Acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.
Source of constituents for both East Indian and West Indian Lemongrass Essential Oil: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 111. L. Zhu, Y. Li, B. Li, et al. Aromatic Plants and Essential Constituents. (South China Institute of Botany, HK, 1993), 200. L.S. Chagonda, C. Makanda. Essential Oils of Cultivated Cymbopogon winterianus (Jowitt) and of C. citratus (DC) (Stapf) from Zimbabwe. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 12, 2000), 478-480. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 334.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 and that there is a risk of teratogenicity. They precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7%. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 334-335.]
This essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using it in the bath, even if it is solubilized/diluted.
Recommended Dilution Range
To avoid the risk of various safety issues, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7% for topical applications.
General Safety Information
Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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