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.
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.
Herbs afford an essential oil containing Citral A and Citral B as major component and others are ά and β-pinene, camphene, limonene, linalol, nerol, geraniol and Geranyl Acetate.
Plant is aromatic, stimulant, diaphoretic, 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.
it is 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.
Lemongrass is used in herbal teas and other nonalcoholic beverages in baked goods, and in confections.