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WHAT IS LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OIL?
There are approximately 55 different types of lemongrass species—a perennial grass that thrives in tropical climates. Two of the species used in essential oils are Cymbopogon citratus (West Indian grass) and Cymbopogon flexuosus (East Indian grass). Lemongrass essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the fresh and partly dried lemongrass leaves and stems.
The aroma of lemongrass oil is extremely strong—a little bit goes a long way. It can quickly overpower other oils if not used in the right amounts. The scent is described as fresh, lemony, grassy, earthy, and sweet. Most people find the aroma attractive. (Bees also find it attractive because the oil mimics the pheromone produced by honeybees. Using lemongrass oil can encourage bee colonies to move into a particular place. However, using the oil won’t necessarily mean you’ll be swarmed by bees!)
Did you know? Lemongrass and lemon oil are completely different essential oils—although both have a lemony scent. While lemongrass oil is steam-distilled from a species of grass, lemon oil is cold-pressed from lemon peels.