About Lemongrass oil
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) (lemongrass oil) 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.
Historical Uses of Lemon Grass Oil
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
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.
Uses of lemongrass oil
Topical Pain Relief: Because of its powerful anti inflammatory properties, lemongrass essential oil offers immediate pain relief while it reduces inflammation. Use a carrier oil and dilute 2 drops of lemongrass oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil such as almond oil or jojoba oil.
Mood Enhancement: The fresh and earthy scent of lemongrass makes it a great addition to a diffuser. Use lemongrass in your diffuser when want to feel clean, refreshed, relaxed and renewed. Lemongrass oil can 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 almond oil and massage gently into affected areas.
Fever Reducer: Lemongrass oil can help to fight infections that cause fevers and toxins. The best method is to use the lemongrass filled with massage oil and apply to the back of your neck, chest area and the bottom of your feet.
Athlete’s Foot: Lemongrass can help fight fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot. Use a drop of oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on your feet several times a day. Rub the oil on before bed and put on some socks until morning.
Side Effects and Cautions of Lemongrass oil
Although lemongrass essential oil is safe for most people some people with sensitive skin may experience a rash or burning when used topically. Always use lemongrass oil with a carrier oil and try on a very small patch of skin first before using on a larger area.
Women who are pregnant should not use lemongrass essential oil as there is a very slight chance that it may cause miscarriage. In addition, children and nursing mothers should not use lemongrass essential oil.