Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil is a cultivated essential oil. It is widely used as medicinal and cosmetic purposes. This essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the whole plants of Cymbopogan flexuosus. The freshly cut whole plant is used to manufacture lemongrass essential oils. Lemongrass is used in herbal teas and other nonalcoholic beverages in baked goods, and in confections. Oil from lemongrass is widely used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics, such as soaps and creams. The quality of lemongrass oil is generally determined by the content of citral, the aldehyde responsible for the lemon odor. Some other constituents of the essential oils are -terpineol, myrcene, citronellol, methyl heptenone, dipentene, geraniol, limonene, nerol, and farnesol.

Botanical Name: Cymbopogan flexuosus
Family: Graminae
English name
: Lemongrass

Nepali/ Vernacular:  Pirheghaans
Trade name: lemongrass
Flowering period: July-Sept.
Parts used: whole plant

Habitat/Distribution: The plant grows in dense clumps. It is not Nepal origin herb but now it is cultivated throughout plain land of Nepal.

Principal Constituents: Herbs afford an essential oil containing Citral A and Citral B as major component and others are ? and β-pinene, camphene, limonene, linalol, nerol, geraniol and Geranyl Acetate.

Cymbopogan flexuosus is a perennial medicinal & aromatic herb with a carminative and insect repellent. Lemongrass is widely cultivated in the tropics and subtropics that grows about 3m tall. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 125 cm long. 1.7 cm broad. Flowers grayish or grayish green, rarely purple tinged, in drooping panicles.

 

Traditional use
Plant is aromatic, stimulant, diaphortetic, anthelmintic and laxative. Leaves are chewed to cure sore gums. Oil is used as insect repellent.

Medicinal & Aromatherapy use
Athlete's foot, insect repellent, scabies, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, insufficient milk in breast feeding mothers, colitis, indigestion, fevers, infections illness, headaches, nervous exhaustion and other stress related disorders.

Cosmetic use
lemongrass oil is widely used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics, such as soaps and creams. Citral, extracted from the oil, is used in flavoring soft drinks in scenting soaps and detergents, as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics, and as a mask for disagreeable odors in several industrial products. Citral is also used in the synthesis of ionones used in perfumes and cosmetics.

Culinary use
Lemongrass is used in herbal teas and other nonalcoholic beverages in baked goods, and in confections.

Lemongrass essential oils are available in different size and shapes as per customers’ choice and requirements. We usually use aluminum bottles and glass vessel for packing. Aluminum containers and epoxy-lined metallic barrels 50gm, 100gm, 500gm, 1kg, 5kg capacities.

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