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An essential oil is a liquid and aromatic extract generally obtained by steam distillation from a plant, and which concentrates its volatile active ingredients. It represents the quintessence of the plant, in the form of a concentrate, rich in a very wide variety of active substances identified very precisely by chromatographic analysis.
The GAA, through his agricultural farm located to and the one at DANDOU in Casamance, offers a wide range of organic essential oils:

  • lippia essential oil
  • vetiver essential oil
  • lemongrass essential oil
  • mint essential oil
  • eucalyptus essential oil
  • peppermint essential oil
  • clove essential oil


Vetiver essential oil has immune-stimulating properties that help strengthen the body's immune defenses. It can also relieve nervous tension because it brings relaxation and comfort in case of stress for example. Its antiseptic properties make it effective against infections in general, acne, skin lesions and small wounds.

The Vetiver Plant

Vetiver is a common perennial plant from Sri Lanka and whose roots can go down to 3 meters deep. According to local traditions, the vetiver plant draws the vital force from the depths of the earth, which has earned it a special place in Indian medicine. Its essential oil has a sweet woody smell and is also widely used in the world of perfumery. In Africa vetiver is used to perfume drinking water.



Other botanical designations :
Lantana alba

Its leaves are used to flavor traditional cuisine, such as certain sauces (mole) in Mexico or added to soups. Its medicinal virtues have also been known for a long time and used by the natives.

Traditional indications
Pain, digestive spasms, digestive disorders
Menstrual pain
Stress, nervousness
Hemorrhoids, circulatory disorders
Bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma

To remember
Uncommon, this essential oil is interesting for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties useful in case of stress or headaches. It also promotes good digestion and activates circulation. It also has an anti-asthmatic action and strengthens the immune system.


What are its benefits, how to use it and its contraindications?

It is best known for its repellent action against mosquitoes, but its virtues do not stop there. Anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious…

Lemongrass is an herbaceous plant that grows in hot, humid tropical regions. It is widely used in cooking, and especially in Asian dishes, which it enhances thanks to its exotic and tangy taste. However, citronella is best known for its repellent action against mosquitoes. But the health benefits don't stop there!

Lemongrass essential oil : a repellent action

We know it: lemongrass essential oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes and enjoying long summer evenings outdoors without stress. 

Lemongrass essential oil: an anti-infective and an antifungal

Lemongrass essential oil can also be used to fight against skin infections such as herpes, fungal infections or infected wounds.  

To take advantage of the infectious virtues of lemongrass essential oil, it is also possible to place two drops of lemongrass essential oil in a teaspoon of olive oil and ingest this mixture three times a day, before or after the meal.

Lemongrass essential oil: what are the contraindications and precautions for use?

Lemongrass essential oil is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children under three years old.