Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus ) Lemongrass can provide emotional calm through its earthy citrus aroma. Inhaling a few drops of Lemongrass or adding it to a bath can ease the nerves and provide mental clarity. As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour. Lemongrass has many health benefits because of its medicinal properties.
Some of those benefits include pain relief, reduces depression, inhibits microbial growth, heals wounds, lowers fever, used in deodorants, battles infections, promotes lactation, kills insects, and has been known to cure nervous disorders.
Uses: It combats skin related disorders such as acne and open pores. This oil is used in many skin care products.
Countries where it's found
The plant is native to India. It is also found in warm temperate and tropical regions. It also grows in the United States, Thailand, Caribbean, and Vietnam.
The plant grows in cooler regions and is best harvested towards the end of the season. When grown indoors, lemon grass can be harvested throughout the year.
History of the Plant
Ancient Chinese sued lemon grass in their traditional medicine to treat stomach upset, headaches, and colds. The plant is treasured for its traditional uses for more than a thousand years.
Lemon grass oil is extracted by steam distillation of dried lemon grass leaves. The oil is colorless to pale yellow liquid with citrus lemon odor.
Commonly known Benefits
- The oil clears headache, nervous exhaustion, and stress related conditions.
- The oil acts as a good overall tonic and relieves the symptoms of jet lag.
- The oil has antiseptic properties and helps in fighting athlete's foot and nervousness, and mild infections.
- The essential oil of lemon grass is potent against respiratory infections such as sore throats, laryngitis, and fever.
- It alsoaids in indigestion, colitis, and gastroenteritis.
- The oil's analgesic properties reduce pain and inflammation. It helps in relieving pain in muscles joints, toothaches and sudden pains resulting from other activities.
- Lemon grass oil has antimicrobial property that inhibits microbial growth both internally and externally. It inhibits bacterial infections in colon, urinary tract, wounds, abdomen, and respiratory tract.
- The oil also prevents viral infections such as influenza. Pox, cold, fever, and cough.
- The oil also cures diseases formed as a result of bacterial infections such as typhoid, malaria, food poisoning, and skin diseases.
- Lemon grass oil revitalizes the glandular secretions. It also boosts the parasympathetic nervous system.
- The oil's astringent property improves blood flow and stops profuse bleeding. It also promotes hair follicles, gum contraction, blood vessels, skin, and muscles.
- The oil prevents loosening of gums, hair fall, and fall of teeth.
- Lemongrass oil is an effective carminative. It removes gas from the intestine and also stops the further gas formation.
- The other therapeutic properties of the oil include: antiseptic, galactogogue, insecticidal, antipyretic, febrifuge, nervine, tonic, sedative, and anti-depressant. Other benefits:
- In aromatherapy, the oil is used in many skin care products.
- It is found in deodorants to prevent sweating and body odor.
- It is also found in lotions that eliminate cellulites, and in creams to soothe inflammation or cracked skin.
- In terms of culinary use, the oil is used in various herbal teas and soups and also as a food preservative.
- Lemongrass oil is used as an insecticide, cleaning and deodorizing agent, and repellent.
- The oil is used in soap and scented candle making and in perfumes.