Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citrates

Lemongrass is a long thin-leafed, perennial, aromatic grass with a fresh, citrus scent which grows to about 3 feet tall. It is known to have originally grow wild in India. Lemongrass oil is mostly used in body care and beauty products however it is commonly used in aromatherapy for its many medicinal uses too. Due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, lemongrass is great in bathroom and kitchen cleaning. A natural cleaning recipe for this is to fill a spray bottle half full with water and the other half white vinegar, adding 3 drops castile soap and 5-6 drops of lemongrass oil. Shake before each use. You can't smell the vinegar so its a wonderful cleaner!

Aroma: sweet, citrusy

Blends with:basil, geranium, lavender, tea tree

Properties: antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorizing, anti-fungal, insecticide, sedative

Uses: jet lag, headaches, emotional exhaustion, exhaustion, stress, tension, sore throat, laryngitis, fever, colitis, indigestion, gas, muscle tone, muscle pain, poor circulation, insect repellent

Methods of Use: room spray, vaporizer, diffuser, few drops in bath water, steam inhalation

Cautions: in large amounts, may cause allergic reaction