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Lemongrass Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings

  • Lemongrass may cause skin reactions in some individuals.
    - Australas J Dermatol 2002 Aug;43(3):211-3 -- Allergic contact dermatitis following exposure to essential oils. -- Bleasel N, Tate B, Rademaker M.

  • Lemongrass oil was listed as having a high reactivity in sensitive patients tested in dermatological centers in Europe.
    - Contact Dermatitis 2002 Nov;47(5):279-87 -- Further important sensitizers in patients sensitive to fragrances. -- Frosch PJ, Johansen JD, Menne T, Pirker C, Rastogi SC, Andersen KE, Bruze M, Goossens A, Lepoittevin JP, White IR.

  • Lemongrass may have respiration-inhibitory effects. Use caution if you have breathing problems.
    - Mycoses 1998 Nov;41(9-10):403-10 -- Antisporulating and respiration-inhibitory effects of essential oils on filamentous fungi. -- Inouye S, Watanabe M, Nishiyama Y, Takeo K, Akao M, Yamaguchi H.

  • Lemongrass may have an effect on cholesterol levels in the body.
    - Lipids 1989 Aug;24(8):677-9 -- Impact of lemongrass oil, an essential oil, on serum cholesterol. -- Elson CE, Underbakke GL, Hanson P, Shrago E, Wainberg RH, Qureshi AA.

  • Several publications recommend avoiding lemongrass if you have gastrointestinal problems or if you are pregnant, planning to be, or breastfeeding.

last update: March 2014

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