Cymbopogon citratus ; Cymbopogon flexuosus
Lemongrass (both Cymbopogon citratus and Cymbopogon flexuosus) are native to the Indian subcontinent, and are naturally distributed in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It’s now grown throughout Africa and many other countries where there are no serious winter frosts. It prefers subtropical temperatures between 10°C and 33°C. It can be a little thirsty, needing between 700 mm and 3000 mm of annual rainfall. South African farmers are encouraged to cultivate C. citratus because it’s more drought tolerant.
Is Lemongrass Faithful to Nature?
Lemongrass essential oil is a natural ingredient with a wide range of useful benefits. It can be manufactured safely and farmed sustainably without harming the environment. It is, however, a powerful ingredient and should be used wisely.
Benefits: Why is Lemongrass Used?
Lemongrass Essential Oil has a refreshing scent, similar to ripe lemons
Natural Insect Repellent
Lemongrass Essential Oil has natural insect repellent powers.
Lemongrass Essential Oil has natural antibacterial and fungicidal powers.
Lemongrass essential oil can be used in skincare to reduce oiliness.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is used in antibacterial bar soaps, hand cleansers, facial toners and face washes. It’s also used as an active ingredient in insect repellent sprays and scented candles to keep mosquitoes away. It enjoys some unique other uses in anti-odour shoe and foot products, and household surface cleaners too!
Lemongrass Essential Oil is made by the steam distillation of the freshly harvested stalks and leaves.
EU regulations specify that certain fragrance oils commonly found in natural essential oils must be labelled separately on ingredient lists on cosmetic product labels. The EU governing bodies specify this because they are recognised as potential allergens which can irritate sensitive skin. Lemongrass essential oil contains citral, geraniol, limonene, and linalool.
Lemongrass is chiefly composed of citral, which makes up between 70 and 80% of its total.
The well-known mosquito repelling powers of citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) are enhanced by the addition of its close cousin lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus).
Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.