Latin Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Plant Part: Leaves (Grass)
Note/Element: Note: Top. Element: Wood.
Functional Group: Alcohol, aldehyde
Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Pitta, Kapha (use with care sensitizing)
Scent: Lemony, bright, fresh, earthy.
For Skin Type: Oily
Cautions: Not during Pregnancy. Skin-sensitizing. Not with estrogen dependent cancers.
Physical Uses: Cellulite, muscle & joint pain, digestion, immune system, swollen glands, fungal skin issues (athlete’s foot, ring worm), fever, menstrual pain,excessive perspiration .
Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, depression, uplifting, exhaustion
Other Uses: Insect repellent, during long drives to uplift yet relax
Blends Well With: Grasses, citrus, woods, roots, flowers
Possible Substitutions: Citronella, Melissa
Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, 28,38,39.