Cymbopogon schoenanthus, camel grass, camel’s hay, fever grass, geranium grass, or West Indian lemon grass is a herbal plant of Southern Asia and Northern Africa, with fragrant foliage.



  • Mainly used as a tonic and fragrance additive in cosmetic products.


  • Its anti-bacterial properties (Source: Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2000, volume 88, pages 308–316) and anti-fungal capabilities make it an excellent choice for oilier skin types.
  • More than anything, it’s used to add a lemon scent to, not just skin care formulations, but other items such as soap, candles and incense sticks. You can find this ingredient in personal care products such as hair dye, shampoo/conditioner, moisturizer/lotion, bath oil, exfoliant/scrub, anti-aging treatment and acne treatment.


  • The FDA includes it on its list of Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) food additives. However, it has been known to irritate the skin of some individuals, particularly with those with lemongrass allergies.



Other names

camel grass, camel’s hay, fever grass, geranium grass, or West Indian lemon gras


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