BOTANICAL NAME: Cymbopogon flexuosus
EXTRACTION: Steam distillation
DESCRIPTION: Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) is a perennial grass native to the tropical climates of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. It has a rich history of use in Asian cuisine, and is also occasionally used as a pesticide and preservative. Lemongrass has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. It has a light, fresh, lemony scent that is popular in aromatherapy. In East India and Sri Lanka it is a main component to a common treatment called "fever tea" said to aid with fevers, menstruation, diarrhea and nausea. In Chinese medicine, lemongrass is used similarly to treat headaches, nausea and colds. Through the process of steam distillation, a colourless essential oil is derived that can be used topically to deliver many beneficial properties to the skin.
KEY COMPONENTS: Citral, geranial and nerol