Also known as citronella grass, this flowering, aromatic plant that is indigenous to South Africa and Australia is also widely cultivated in many parts of tropical and sub-tropical South East Asia and Africa. West Indian lemongrass is native to India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. It represents one of about 55 other species in the Poaceae family of grasses.
Crisp, fresh and invigorating, this essential oil adds a deeply distinct tone to any fragrance.
Of the many varieties of lemongrass, the two most popular are Cymbopogon citratus and Cymbopogon flexuosus. Though both can be used to produce essential oils, the former is largely used for culinary purposes, whereas the latter is more popular for use in essential oils, personal care products, perfumes, soaps and other scented products.
The lemongrass herb has stalks that are fibrous and smell much like lemons. In an essential oil, the scent is fresh and light with a hint of lemon. Lemongrass can be found in subtropical and tropical areas, where it thrives on fertile, well-drained, sandy and loamy soil that is exposed to direct sunlight.
The Origins of Lemongrass
Lemongrass has been cultivated in Southeast Asia for at least the last two thousand years, but only a single century has passed since this fragrant grass was introduced to the United States and other territories. Due to its many uses and properties, it is among the top ten most desired essential oils on the market today. Many historians believe that the oldest known text concerning the export of lemongrass oil is from the Philippines, and it dates back to the 17th century. That distribution, however, was highly restricted and not common knowledge.
Lemongrass was introduced to Jamaica in 1799 and to Haiti and The United States in 1917. It is not known when or by whom lemongrass was brought to East India and Sri Lanka, but historically it was a prime ingredient in soups, curries, and a local drink called “fever tea,” which was intended to treat infections and various medical problems.
According to information gleaned from the national herbarium in 1905, a Sri Lankan researcher named Mr. J.F Jovit, had acquired several lemongrass plants from South India and planted them on a farm for research purposes. This eventually led to numerous large-scale cultivations.
10 Interesting Facts About Lemongrass
1) Fresh stalks and leaf buds of lemongrass are used as condiments and are a rich source of vitamins B, A and C a as well as minerals such as: potassium, zinc, calcium and iron.
2) Lemongrass is used for the manufacture of tea bags in Jamaica.
3) Lemongrass is known as “Sweet Rush” in the Caribbean, where it is mostly used for the treatment of common colds and fever.
4) Other names for lemongrass include: barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, fever grass, tanglad and gavati chaha.
5) Lemongrass is a common name for spas and therapy centers because of its associated calming properties.
6) Due to its prolific nature, it is estimated that a single entrepreneur can gross $4.8 million a year just from maintaining one acre of lemongrass.
7) Lemongrass essential oil can be used to prevent insect bites (these oils effectively repel mosquitoes), and can be also replace conventional pesticides to repel whiteflies and other garden insect pests.
8) This perennial plant usually lives about 4 years in the wild.
9) Lemongrass has stiff stems which grow as dense clumps.
10) The lemongrass plant can reach 2 to 4 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter.
The Use Of Lemongrass In Scented Products
Lemongrass oil is used in personal care and household products such as waxes and polishes, and insecticides where its low cost is very attractive. Widely adapted in food technology, aromatherapy and as a fragrance ingredient in many soaps, detergents, eco-friendly deodorants, perfumes and cosmetics, the overall popularity of lemongrass is largely due to its major component, Citral. This naturally-occurring compound is known to have antimicrobial aspects that can eliminate or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Lemongrass essential oil is known to tone and purify the skin and its many applications can include: oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, sprays, and candle making. Lemongrass is also a popular aromatherapy tool which adds in relieving stress, anxiety and depression. Some studies in mice indicate that this oil does reduce inflammation due to its Limonene content, and retard blood flow by contracting blood vessels, but more research and studies are needed on human subjects to determine recommendations for mainstream medical treatments.
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Some Of Our Popular Recently Blended Lemongrass Fragrances
The following represent a few of our most popular blended fragrances containing lemongrass essential oil.
This inviting fragrance opens with a top note comprised of juicy, woody, fresh and green Apple, fuzzy and soft Apricot Kernel, and clean, crisp and invigorating Lemongrass. These elements soon surrender to a heart note of sweet, rich Jasmine and warm spicy, exotic Ginger. Slightly sweet, dark and intoxicating Patchouli, dry, earthy and green Oak Moss coupled with woody balsamic Cedar complete the fragrance.
Lemongrass Teak And Sage
Spicy, floral, clean and refreshing top notes of Bergamot meld with astringent, sour and sweet Lemon and crisp, citrusy Litsea Cubeba. These evaporate into a middle note of sweet, woody, fruity and floral Rosewood, sharp, aromatic Sage and fresh, invigorating Lemongrass. The scent completes with a base note of warm, creamy Sandalwood, polished, light Teakwood and sensual, strong musk.
A lemongrass, coconut blend, opening with notes of bergamot, litsea cubeba and coconut, followed by a lemongrass and neroli heart, and finishing with a sweet nectar, creamy vanilla and subtle pine base-note.
Black Ginger And Lemongrass
This unusual, invigorating and spicy ginger scent opens with a top note comprised of complex, refreshing and citrusy Bergamot, woody, sweet, fresh and crisp Juniper Berry and sharp, grapefruit-infused, citrusy Pomelo. These elements soon give way to a middle note of rich, soothing Lavender, rich and tangy Ginger and fresh and crisp Lemongrass. A base note that combines warm, creamy and woody Sandalwood, green, slightly sharp note and earthy Vetiver, and clear, cooling Sage finishes this memorable fragrance.
Yuzu Blossom Lemongrass
Opening with a top note tinged with the fresh, half-lime, half lemon and floral accents of Yuzu, succulent, honey-like Mandarin and tart, tangy Grapefruit, these Asian nuances soon fade into a heart note highlighted by sweet, intoxicating and floral Jasmine, powdery, lightly tangy floral and fruity Cherry Blossom and clean, crisp and green Lemongrass. The scent ends with a base note of dry, paper-like Bamboo, vanilla like, aromatic Tonka Bean and warm, creamy and woody Sandalwood .
A top note of warm, spicy, aromatic White Peach, fresh Melon and clean, sharp Grapefruit fall away to a middle note of fresh and invigorating Lemongrass, leafy, green and shimmering Waterlily and rich, floral, banana-toned Ylang Yiang. Creamy Sandalwood, balsamic, woody Cedarwood and sensual Musk complete the fragrance.
Intensely lemon-like with ginger freshness, there is no other perfume ingredient that is as alluring as lemongrass. More and more, world renowned perfumers are employing this provocative essential oil for inclusion in their own formulations that are used in a myriad of everyday products and signature scents.
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Final thought on lemongrass: Lemongrass sings sweetly– Pinterest