Obtained from a plant belonging to the “grass family” is an essential oil known as the Lemongrass Oil. This oil is basically extracted from a plant belonging to the “Cymbopogan citratus” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is widely used as flavouring agent in food in Asian countries such as China and Thailand. In addition, this oil possesses a fragrance similar to that of lemon, and is basically a little sweet and sour in taste.
A. Chemical constituents of Lemongrass Oil:
This oil is basically derived from a plant belonging to the “Cymbopogan citratus” species within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as Myrcene, Citronellal, Geranyl Acetate, Nerol, Geraniol, Neral, Limonene, and Citral.
B. The uses and benefits of Lemongrass Oil:
There are a few health benefits that an individual can gain by using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil consists of an “analgesic” property and thereby functions by providing relief from pain caused by headaches, sprains etc.
This oil also possesses an “antidepressant” property which helps in uplifting an individual’s mood by suppressing depression.
This oil when used is also capable of inhibiting high fever by lowering the body temperature, and thereby serving as an antipyretic.
This oil consists of an “antiseptic” property and hence when used helps in treating internal and external wounds by destroying disease causing microbes.
This oil when used is also capable of resolving issues pertaining gas formation i.e. flatulence within the gastrointestinal system.
C. The adverse effects of the Lemongrass Oil:
There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:
- The usage of this oil could lead skin irritation especially in individuals who have sensitive skin.
- The use of the oil can adversely affect uterine contractions during pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.