Lemongrass Oil: As a Green Pesticide

Authored by: N.C. Basantia

Green Pesticides Handbook

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498759380
eBook ISBN: 9781315153131
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315153131-6

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Abstract

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon sp.) is an herb that is widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, Australia, and America. The genus Cymbopogon comprises 144 species and is famous for its high content of essential oil; it contains essential oil with a fine lemon flavor. On account of their diverse use in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, flavor, and agriculture industries, the commercial value of some Cymbopogon species is further enhanced by their ability to grow in moderate and extremely harsh climatic conditions (Padalia et al. 2011). Cymbopogon citratus is ranked as one of the most widely distributed of the genus, being used in every part of the world. The traditional application in different countries shows high applicability as a common tea, medicinal supplement, insect repellant, insecticide, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic, and in flu control.

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