Lemongrass is a group of grasses (Cymbopogon spp.) that are native to Asia, Africa and Australia. Lemongrass has multiple uses that range from cooking to insect repellent to skin care. Lemongrass Essential Oil and Citronella Essential Oil are produced from species of Lemongrass and can be used interchangeably.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is commonly used in topical preparations for the Naturopathic treatment of skin infections, including acne. It contains several molecules that are toxic the the acne-causing bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes. Laboratory testing indicates that Lemongrass Essential Oil is among the most effective essential oils for inhibiting the growth of P. acnes bacteria.
Lemongrass Essential Oil contains an abundance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The primary components of Lemongrass Essential Oil are Geranial and Neral, which are subtypes (enantiomers) of a molecule called Citral.