What You Need To Know About Lemongrass Essential Oil

Posted on January 07, 2018

What is there to know about Lemongrass Essential Oil?

Who knew that a species of grass could be so beneficial? Lemongrass has been used in cooking, mostly in Thai food, for ages! Lemongrass Essential Oil packs some powerful healing benefits as well. Lemongrass is commonly used as a natural fragrance for its fresh, citrusy scent, but let’s take a closer look at lemongrass and its many other benefits.

History

Lemongrass has been used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, for thousands of years. Regarded for its ability to lower fevers when used as a tea as well as help with quality and quantity of mother’s milk, lemongrass is both versatile and beneficial. Lemongrass has also been used to treat digestive issues such as colitis.

Plant Description

Lemongrass is a variant of the Cymbopogon plant species, which has about 55 different species of grasses. Lemongrass Essential Oil is steam distilled from the grass part of the stalk and is usually a pale yellow with a thin consistency. Lemongrass grows to be about six feet tall in dense clumps. Lemongrass is native to and cultivated commercially in India, but it also flourishes in the tropical regions of China, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Aroma

Lemongrass Essential Oil has a fresh, citrusy scent with an earthy undertone. Unlike many other oils, lemongrass can be either a top or middle note in blends, depending on what it is blended with. In aromatherapy, lemongrass is described as relaxing, balancing, soothing, and uplifting to the mind, making it ideal for anxiety sufferers.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses

Some common uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil include:

Purifies

Lemongrass Essential Oil helps increase the frequency of urination. Removing excess water and peeing frequently helps the body get rid of toxins while simultaneously cleaning the kidneys.

Provides emotional calm

When in need of a self-esteem and confidence boost, turning to lemongrass is suggested, as it can also uplift spirits. It can also relieve anxiety as well as act as an antidepressant, providing emotional calmness. Diffusing it in the area or adding it to a personal inhaler to carry around can help calm the mind and nerves.

Eases the nerves and provides mental clarity

As it provides calmness it also eases the nerves, aiding those with nervous disorders. Its fresh scent and aroma can uplift, awaken and refresh those with anxiety, sluggishness, and lack of reflexes.

Warms overused muscles and joints

Its analgesic properties help reduce pain and inflammation, especially in the muscles and joints. Body pain from strenuous physical activities and athletics can be relieved when Lemongrass Essential Oil is applied externally. For a warming muscle rub, this simple recipe can be made easily at home.

Warming Muscle Rub

Mix well and apply to sore muscles.

Naturally deodorizes and cleans

Lemongrass Essential Oil can be diffused to purify and cleanse the air of microbes with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. It works best to aid with seasonal illnesses and as a cleaning agent around the house.

Cleaning Blend (Master Blend)

25 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil 
25 drops Orange Essential Oil 
20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

In an 8-ounce spray bottle add ¼ cup white vinegar, 15 drops of Master Blend and top off with water. Works great for counters, bathrooms, and windows.

Safety Concerns

Many sources recommend against using topically on infants and children under age 21. If you are taking drugs, please consult your doctor before using Lemongrass Essential Oil. Lemongrass is also a skin irritant, so please use caution when applying topically.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.