What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?
Besides being a delicious citrusy seasoning in Thai cooking, most of us would never guess that this delicious thready grass holds so much healing power inside its fibrous stalks.
Surprisingly, Lemongrass Essential Oil is used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your digestive system. It can also be used for flavoring tea and soups, and it adds fragrance to cosmetics, soaps, and homemade deodorizers.
Lemongrass is an herb that belongs to the grass family of Poaceae. Lemongrass oil has a light and fresh lemony smell with earthy undertones. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.
The compounds that make up lemongrass essential oil are known to have anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemongrass may prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast and it has antioxidant properties. It contains substances that are used to alleviate muscle pain, reduce fever, and to stimulate uterus and menstrual flow.
Lemongrass is also known by Cymbopogon; it is a genus of about 55 species of grasses. Lemongrass grows in dense clumps that can grow 6 feet in height and 4 feet in width. It is native to warm and tropical regions, such as India, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. It is used as a medicinal herb in India and it is common in Asian cuisine. In African and South American countries, it is popularly used for making tea.
- Combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and doTERRA Lemongrass oil for a massage after a hard workout.
- Use to flavor entrées and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.*
- Blends well with Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.
- Dilute oil, then rub or spritz on skin before going outside.
Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.
- Apply after a long run for a refreshing feeling.
- Add to your DIY cleanser to tone and purify skin.
- Combine with Melaleuca and apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.
- Diffuse for a refreshing scent.
- Combine with Peppermint in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function and maintain healthy digestion.*
Healing Emotions with Essential Oils
Essential oils play a powerful role in emotional healing. They lead us by the hand as we courageously face our emotional issues and bring forth unresolved feelings of hurt and pain. Studies have repeatedly shown that like the plants they come from, essential oils offer multifaceted effects on mood, behavior, and body chemistry.
Lemongrass Oil Cautions:
Lemongrass is safe for most people when used in food or on the skin.
Some people have experienced toxic side effects after inhaling lemongrass- such as lung problems.
If you have sensitive skin, lemongrass oil may create a rash, discomfort, or even a burning sensation. I suggest you try a small amount on the skin first- just to make sure you have no irritations.
Because lemongrass stimulates menstrual flow, it should not be used by women who are pregnant- as there is a slight chance that this may lead to a miscarriage. I also do not recommend children or nursing mothers use lemongrass essential oil either.
If you are planning to use lemongrass oil on your skin or scalp, I recommend you try diluting it with some Fractionated Coconut Oil. This will cut back on the chances of skin reactions or irritations.
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