Lemongrass is a perennial plant, indigenous to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and also commonly found in Central America, China, Madagascar and Zambia. There are more than 50 varieties of lemongrass but did you know that they are not all are suitable for use?
The main chemical component found in lemongrass is citral, an aromatic compound. Citral is often used in perfume because of its lemon scent. It is also the presence of citral which accounts for the lemon-rich scent. This scent is anti-microbial and effective in destroying or inhibiting micro-organisms.
Citral also contains anti-fungal properties. This chemical is pheromonal, which is why it is commonly used in insect repellant, insecticides and flavouring agents.
The scent of lemongrass has a positive effect on our body's ability to use vitamin A. It is this presence of Vitamin A in lemongrass that makes it beneficial for pain relief, skin acne and controlling excessive perspiration.
So the next time when you consider buying a home diffuser or aromatic candle, why not skip the fancy fragrances and consider pure lemongrass? The common lemongrass used for healing are Cymbopogon Citratrus and Cymbopagon Flexuosus. Studies have shown that inhalation of lemongrass helps improve blood circulation, respiratory conditions and is extremely beneficial for anxiety and stress related symptoms.