Lemongrass Essential Oil

Refreshing, Revitalising and Rejuvenating...

Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil.......one of my favourites (though I think I'm guilty of saying this with quite a few oils!) It's not just that it has the most amazingly refreshing, zingy aroma but also that it makes you feel good as well as being a fantastic overall tonic for your body.

I use it as a fragrance for one of natural hand made soaps that I create and it has proved to be very popular.

I also use it blended with a carrier oil for massage - great for relieving muscle pains and for toning muscle and tissue.

Lemongrass is probably best known as a flavouring in Asian cooking - I love the taste of Thai red and green curries.....

So go on......why not pick yourself up with a blast of lemongrass essential oil.

Common Name:

Lemongrass

Botanical Name:

Cymbopogon citratus

Source:

India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Central Africa

Common Method Of Extraction:

Steam distillation of the finely chopped fresh or partly dried grass.

Aroma:

A strong, fresh, lemony smell with sweet grassy undertones.

Note:

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Blends Well With:

Most essential oils, but especially with basil, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, lime, mandarin, palmarosa and tea tree.

Properties:

Analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive tonic, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticidal, prophylactic, nervine, nervous system sedative and tonic.

See the glossary for definitions!

Mind, Spirit and Body:

  • Great for combatting all types of tiredness - mind, body and spirit.
  • Helps with soothing headaches - mix with a carrier oil before gently massaging the forehead and temples.
  • As a digestive tonic and prophylacticit it helps stimulate the appetite, is detoxifying and balances the system.
  • Fantastic insect repellant, either used alone or in a blend with other insect repellant oils.
  • It is valuable for respiratory infections such as sore throats and laryngitis.
  • Good for toning both muscles and skin tissue.
  • Relieves muscle aches and pains - I often use this oil when massaging sports people.
  • Lemongrass is a great smelling overall tonic for the body and can aid recovery from illnesses.
  • As a deodorant it is good for sweaty skin and excessive perspiration.
  • Anti-fungal, so often used on athlete's foot.

Skin:

  • Lemongrass has wonderful skin healing benefits.
  • It is a valuable cleanser for all skin types.
  • It is a natural astringent - perfect for even and glowing skin.
  • Also can be used as a natural toner.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Precautions:

  • Can be irritating to people with sensitive skin.
  • Should be avoided in pregnancy, because of the possible skin irritating effects.
  • Lemongrass essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional.

Ideas for Uses:

  • Make your own exfoliating body scrubs using salt or sugar, sweet almond oil and lemongrass oil.
  • Use as an air freshener - mix a few drops of lemongrass and geranium with some water and place in a spray bottle. Make sure you shake the bottle before each use.
  • Use it in a diffuser or burner to energise and invigorate your spirit.
  • If you use natural household products, add a few drops to help reduce bacteria in your home.
  • Add a few drops to a natural body lotion to help with cellulite.

Additional Notes:

  • There are over 50 different types of lemongrass, but only a few are suitable to be used for essential oils.
  • Lemongrass is known as 'Sweet Rush' in the Caribbean, where they use it medicinally for common colds and fevers.


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