Grows in Asia, the West Indies and East India.
The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried grass.
Lemongrass is a tropical plant that originates from South East Asia. It’s normally grown in plantations with each field lasting up to 5 years before it needs to be sown again. The first harvest is normally done 4-6 months after the planting of seedlings. The plants can then be harvested 3-4 times a year for the lifetime of the plant. The grass is harvested by being cut (usually by a sickle) leaving 10cm in the ground. The grass is then left to wilt for 24 hours as this allows around 30% of the moisture to evaporate and so increases the yield from the crop. This is done before it’s transported for processing. It’s then cut into smaller pieces before being processed for distillation.
Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, tonic & uplifting.
Lemongrass has many potential uses in aromatherapy. In skincare it's often blended with a base lotion or cream and used to treat oily skin, acne, for toning open pores and in insect repellent lotions.
In massage lemongrass is commonly found in preparations to soothe aching joints and muscles as well as toning muscles, easing tired legs and fatigued bodies. It's often found in sport massage blends. It can be used to stimulate the appetite and relieve indigestion through massage too.
When burned or vaporised it is used to stimulate, revive and energise the emotions and relieve stress related conditions as well as easing nervous exhaustion. It's an antiseptic and is used to help avoid infections, sore throats and laryngitis and reduce fevers.
Organic version also available.
You may find that lemongrass blends especially well with basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender and tea tree.