Benefits of Lemongrass Oil
Benefits of Lemongrass Oil: Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a perennial plant in the Poaceae grass family and is native to the tropical and subtropical area of India, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. It flourishes here where the soil is slightly sandy and the climate moist and warm.
This herb has an upright habit and grows in large clumps to a mature height of about 3 feet. Its leaves are bright green with sharp edges much like regular lawn grass only larger.
There are numerous cultivars of lemongrass that are grown in different parts of the world for their commercial value. West-Indian lemongrass ( C. citratus) is an important culinary herb while (C.flexuosus) is used mostly in the perfume industry.
Traditionally, lemongrass parts as well as its oil have been used to remedy digestive disturbances, circulatory issues, behavioral problems, headaches, compromised immunity, nervous system sedative, infection fighter and menstrual irregularities. In some cultures, it is known as fever grass due to its ability to bring down a fever. This particular remedy is made even more effective when it is combined with black pepper.
Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil
Reduces pain and inflammation in muscles, joints and teeth.
Incrreases quality milk production in lactating mothers.
Inhibits microbial and becterial growth in the body.
Has antipyretic properties that helps to bring down high fever.
Works as antiseptic for internal and external wounds.
Provides relief from excess flatulence.
Increase urination and helps clean out the kidneys.
Antibacterial/Antifungal: The sweet grassy fragrance of lemongrass comes from citral, sometimes called lemonal. 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.
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.
Antiseptic: Lemongrass oil can help clean internal and external wounds and keep infection at bay.
Astringent: An astringent can 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.
Composition of Lemongrass Oil
The main compounds of lemongrass oil are geranyl acetate, myrcene, nerol, citronellal, terpineol, methyl heptenone, dipentene, geraniol, neral, farnesol, limonene, and citral. These are known to have antifungal, antiseptic, insecticidal, and counterirritant properties.
Citral is known for its antimicrobial effects, and can help kill or suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. It’s said that lemongrass oil’s quality is generally determined by its citral content.
Another beneficial compound in lemongrass is limonene, which helps reduce inflammation and kill bacteria, according to research.
How Does Lemongrass Oil Work?
Lemongrass oil is a tonic that influences and helps keep the systems in your body working properly, including the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems. It also allows nutrients to be absorbed into the body, which keeps your immune system strong and robust.
Lemongrass oil can be diffused using a vaporizer, inhaled, applied topically, or ingested. To ensure the efficiency of lemongrass oil, you should use it depending on the health condition that you want to improve. For example, if you want to quell stress and anxiety, diffuse the oil using a vaporizer. But if you want to relieve muscle pain or use it to treat infections, it’s better to massage a diluted solution on the affected areas.