Lemongrass is part of the largest plant families on the planet - the Grasses (Gramineae). Other members of this family that are closely related to Lemongrass and yield helpful essential oils including Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), and Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii). The essential oil Lemongrass is extracted from the leaf by steam distillation. It is yellow in colour with a tangy citrus and grassy aroma. Uses in Natural Skin Care: Lemongrass firms, cleanses and refines sluggish and dull skin and is often used in combination with other citrus oils in body toning lotions and for fluid retention in the skin. Traditional Medicinal Uses: Lemongrass has been described as a regulator of the Autonomic Nervous System, balancing the fight and flight response with the rest and relaxation response. In this way Lemongrass has a favourable influence upon digestion and the body’s ability to recover from stress. The essential oil of Lemongrass is an excellent anti-depressant and has a tonigying and strengthening effect on the nervous system. Lemongrass oil can be used in bath or massage oils for soothing muscular and nerve pain. Lemongrass oil can be added to Massage and Bath oils to assist centering and concentrating thoughts and to induce a calmed and relaxed state.