How can 1 small bottle of essential oil deliver so many benefits? It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of essential oils. They are growing in popularity because they are so effective. This week I want to focus on lemongrass essential oil as it is fast becoming one of my favourite players in my ever growing box of essential oils. I love when an oil has an unexpected uses which are completely different to the ones you would normally associate it with.
Now, essential oils can be used in many different ways; topically, aromatically, internally (always check the label) and they bring so many benefits to our lives I’d be writing for 100 years or more on the subject if I tried to capture each and very one here. This is why I have chosen to focus on lemongrass this time.
Lemongrass essential oil is extracted from partially dried leaves by a process of steam distillation. If you saw my facebook video you’ll remember that I spoke about the two extraction methods (stream distillation and cold pressing). The oil itself is yellow to amber in color and has a very fresh, citrus-like aroma that smells like a very sweet fresh grass.
So, what’s with lemongrass? It has many properties, which I will list here:
Antibacterial/Antifungal: The sweet grassy fragrance of lemongrass comes from citral. This organic compound has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Antipyretic: Antipyretics are substances that can bring down a high fever. Lemongrass oil has the ability to do just this and is often used in tea to reduce dangerously high fevers. It is able to reduce a high fever by encouraging perspiration.
Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant: Some of the essential oil compounds found in lemongrass also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
Antiseptic: Lemongrass oil can help clean internal and external wounds and keep infection at bay.
Astringent: This means it helps stop blood flow by contracting blood vessels. In cases where there is severe bleeding, an astringent can mean the difference between life and death. Lemongrass promotes contraction of hair follicles, muscles, skin and blood vessels.
Diuretic: Lemongrass oil increases urination that helps in the reduction of toxic buildup and swelling. Frequent urination helps to keep the kidneys clean as well.
Carminative: Lemongrass oil helps to remove excess gas from the intestines and keeps gas from forming.
Sedative: One of the most recognized characteristics of lemongrass oil is its ability to promote feelings of peace and tranquility. This is useful for people who have a hard time relaxing or sleeping.
Anticarcinogenic: Limonene has been found by some research to have significant anticarcinogenic properties. A flavonoid compound known as luteolin, also found in lemongrass, has been linked to combatting cancer cells. Luteolin may also assist with improving symptoms of lung infections and multiple sclerosis.
In practical terms these properties mean that we can use lemongrass oil to help with many conditions. Here’s a list of some wonderful ways to use it:
Topical Pain Relief: Because of its powerful anti inflammatory properties, lemongrass essential oil offers immediate pain relief while it reduces inflammation. Use neat or with a carrier oil.
Mood Enhancement: The fresh and earthy scent of lemongrass makes it a great oil to add to a diffuser. Use lemongrass when want to feel clean, refreshed, relaxed and renewed. It can also boost confidence, mental health and help to keep depression at bay.
Muscle Relaxer: If your muscles are tight and sore, you can make a lemongrass massage oil that will work to reduce inflammation and bring relief to your sore muscles. Add 6 drops of lemongrass oil to one ounce of carrier oil and massage gently into affected areas.
Facial Mask: To help keep your face feeling fresh, try a facial mask made with clay, almond oil and lemongrass essential oil. Mix 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay, a teaspoon of almond oil and 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil together in a clean bowl. Add water until the mixture is like toothpaste. Apply to your face in a circular motion and allow to dry for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry and follow up with a light layer of coconut oil for moisturizing.
Headache Relief: Whether your headache is due to tension, allergies or hormones, lemongrass essential oil can help. Apply several drops of oil to your temples at first sign of a headache.
Insomnia Help: The calming impact of lemongrass oil helps to relieve anxiety, irritability and insomnia. This can help improve not only duration of sleep but also quality. You can also add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to the bottom of your feet before bed.
Joint Pain: If you suffer with joint pain, lemongrass oil works to reduce pain and inflammation.
Wound Treatment: Blend several drops of lemongrass oil with ¼ cup of witch hazel to clean out wounds.
Heartburn: If you suffer from heartburn, mix several drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil and rub over the throat and chest area for relief.
Fever Reducer: Lemongrass oil can help to fight infections that cause fevers and toxins. Use lemongrass with carrier oil and apply to the back of your neck, chest area and the bottom of your feet.
Indigestion: Mix a few drops of lemongrass oil in with some carrier oil and rub it on your abdomen for relief.
Flea Repellant: Apply a few drops of lemongrass oils to your dog’s collar.
Insect Repellant: Just as the lemongrass deters fleas, it also deters insects. Apply a few drops to the edges of your clothing to repel climbing insects like ticks . It will even repel mosquitoes.
Acne: The astringent and antimicrobial properties of lemongrass oil help to resolve acne. Dab on blemishes twice a day.
Cholesterol: In one study it was found that animals with high cholesterol who were given lemongrass oil extract had a reduction in bad cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure: Lemongrass oil is a vasodilator which means it can help reduce blood pressure and clear away plaque from the arteries.
Athlete’s Foot: Lemongrass can help fight fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot. Use a drop with carrier oil and rub on feet several times a day. Rub the oil on before bed and put on some socks until morning.
Fatigue: If you have run out of energy massage a drop into your temples. This works wonders before a workout to give you a natural energy boost.
Detoxification: Because lemongrass essential oil has diuretic properties, it can help flush toxins out of the body and reduce fluid buildup.
Facial Sauna: If you need relief from congestion, or are feeling a little lethargic try a lemongrass essential oil facial sauna. Simply fill a shallow bowl or your sink with hot water and add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. Place a towel over your head to keep in the steam. Rinse with warm water.
The high levels of iron in lemongrass help red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body.
Lemongrass oil also makes a great natural body deodorizer. Mix with some coconut oil for a natural deodorant.
The surprising use for lemongrass is that is wonderful at removing nail polish!!! Yes, you read that right. So next time you need to do that job, why not forego inhaling all those toxic fumes from your regular nail polish remover and get some lemongrass oil instead. You will gain all the benefits from above with one simple job…and I love to multi task! Try it, you'll de-clutter your bathroom cabinet too.
Please note: Although lemongrass essential oil is safe for most people some people with sensitive skin may experience a rash or burning when used topically. Always try lemongrass oil with a carrier oil on a very small patch of skin first before using on a larger area. Women who are pregnant, babies and nursing mothers should not use lemongrass essential oil.
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Written by: Mimi