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Source of lemongrass oil
Extraction of lemongrass oil is done from the lemongrass plant, which is also referred to as Cymbopogon. The oil extraction is mainly from the leaves of the lemongrass or the whole plant. The best common way of extracting the lemongrass oil is through steam distillation. The distilled lemongrass oil has a yellow color and a water-like thinness. Lemongrass belongs to the Poaceae family and has close to fifty-five species. Lemongrass grows to a maximum height and width of six and four foot respectively.
The grass flourishes in warm tropical regions such as South East Asia, Southern America, and India. Particular species of the grass are grown for clinical and culinary purposes due to their scent that resembles that of lemon. In the African continent and countries in Southern America, lemongrass is used in preparing herbal tea and soups. The lemongrass scent is calming, stimulating, balancing and pacifying.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil contains high levels of terpenes, antioxidant compounds, alcohols, and ketones. However, the chemical composition of lemongrass essential oil depends on the geographical origin of the lemongrass. The antioxidant compounds make lemongrass essential oil a good product to prevent yeast and bacteria growth. Besides these, lemongrass essential oil has other chemical compounds that are used as, pain relievers, menstrual flow stimulant, and fever reliever. Additionally, lemongrass essential oil also contains strong aroma, tonics, and other stimulating agents.
Benefits of Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is rich in vitamins namely, vitamin A, B, and C. The oil also contains macro-minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and phosphorous. Lemongrass oil has the following benefits:
Lemongrass oil uses
This oil has a broad range of uses ranging from household uses to clinical uses. These uses are discussed below.
The following are the medical applications of lemongrass oil:
Used to control the cholesterol levels of individuals. People with low cholesterol levels have a better blood flow and lesser chances of acquiring cardiac-related ailments.
When used together with a diffuser, lemongrass oil can be very effective in curing diseases such as influenza and common colds. In case the flu had given you a higher body temperature, the vaporized lemongrass oil will give a cooling effect by stabilizing your temperature.
Other Uses of Lemongrass Oil
Side Effects of Lemongrass Oil
Despite the many benefits and uses of lemongrass oil, it may have some negative repercussions for some users. These side effects are clearly outlined below.
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