Description: One of some 50 plus species of aromatic tropical grasses rich in lemon and rose-scented essential oils. The best known species is C. citratus (lemon grass), which is grown on a large scale in India and Guatemala.
Synonyms: West Indian lemon grass, East Indian lemon grass
Origin: Warm temperate parts of Asia and Europe, now widely distributed
Parts Used: dried leaves
Aroma Description: strong, fresh, grassy, lemon, herbaceous, tea-like
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy, widely used in soaps, body oils, detergents, cosmetics, insect repellants
Culinary Uses: fresh leaves are used in sauces, curries, teas, for flavoring meats and fish, etc.
Medicinal Attributes: bitter, cooling herb that increases perspiration and relieves spasms, used to treat digestive problems, minor fevers, ringworm, lice, arthritis, athlete's foot, etc.
Element Association: Air
Magical Associations: Awareness
Astrological Association: Gemini
Planetary Association: Mercury
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils from freshly dried leaves.
Aromatic Note: Middle note
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