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Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass (or Indian verbena) is a large perennial herb of the Poaceae family, widespread in tropical Asia. It occurs as a large perennial herb of about 1.5 metres. It grows in ”clumps” of numerous stiff, sharp, linear leaves, from 30 centimetres to 1 metre long.

Main aromatic molecules: Terpene aldehydes (citrals: geranial, neral), monoterpenols (geraniol), monoterpenes (myrcene, limonene), terpene esters (geranyl acetate).
Family: Poaceae.
Producing organs: Aerial parts
Yield: 2kg of essential oil per 100kg of plants.
Equivalence: 1ml → 28 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).


Skin application

Oral route

Respiratory route

The leaves of lemongrass give off a strongly lemony scent when crumpled: this is the reason why lemongrass owes its other name of ”indian verbena”, although it has nothing to do with verbena.


Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.

The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.

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