Dermatitis has been reported from contact with many plants and grasses, but, to the best of my knowledge, there have been no reports in the literature of dermatitis caused by lemon grass oil. In the lists of cutaneous irritants, including those from tropical plants, prepared by J. C. White1 and by Weber,2 lemon grass oil does not appear. V. Pardo-Castello, in his report on dermatitis venenata due to tropical plants,3 did not mention lemon grass oil, nor did Prosser White4 record an instance of dermatitis due to this oil. Peck5 stated that the Dermatoses Investigations Section of the United States Public Health Service has no information "about dermatitis from these grasses or their oils, including citronella."
Lemon grass oil is described by the "Dispensatory of the United States of America"6 as follows:
It "is the oil distilled from Cymbopogon citratus, Stapf, and
MENDELSOHN HV. DERMATITIS FROM LEMON GRASS OIL (CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS OR ANDROPOGON CITRATUS). Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(1):34–35. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510130037010
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