Plant/part: Grass/leaves (source : india, sri lanka, china)
Latin name: Cymbopogon citratus/flexuosus
Family: Poaceae (gramineae)
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Strong sweet and lemony.
Properties: A refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic on the body. Added to shampoos to give a shine to the hair. An antiseptic and astringent oil. Sweet powerful ‘lemony’ aroma which make a good refreshing and deodorising room fragrance.
Excellent for aching muscles, relieves pain and makes them more supple since it helps to eliminate lactic acid and stimulates circulation. Its toning effect on muscles may help with loose skin due to dieting or lack of exercise. Seems to relieve tired legs, especially after standing for long periods of time. Also aids the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.
Chemical constituents: Citral, dipentene, linalol, geraniol.
Precautions: May cause irritation of the skin, low dosage is best.
Blends: Blends well with: basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, rosemary, tea-tree.