Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Many Uses of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass has long been used in Asian and Caribbean cooking due to its subtle lemon flavor and aroma. It has been found to support healthy digestion and soothe occasional muscle discomfort.

Cymbopogon citratus

Caution: This oil can feel very warm on the skin; always dilute for sensitive skin.

Lemongrass is a tall, aromatic, perennial, fast-growing (3 ft. or more in height) grass. The essential oil is steam distilled from the finely chopped, fresh or partly dried grass (usually two crops a year). The scent is pungent, fresh, lemon, hay-like top notes with earthy, green grassy undertones. It blends well with most citruses and florals (Bergamot in particular) and also with Marjoram, Rosemary, Ginger and Frankincense. (High in Citral-main active component).

Lemongrass essential oil can improve your athletic performance by supporting blood circulation. (Brings highly oxygenated cells from your lungs to enhance the energy you need for a better physical performance.) After exercising, it is very helpful in promoting the relief of build up of lactic acid in the muscles that can cause cramping.

The scent of Lemongrass can decrease irritability and drowsiness. Psychologically, Lemongrass is uplifting and energizing. Also good for concentration and clear thinking, strengthens retina (eye nerve lining the back of the eye that communicates light changes and allows a vision to be seen clearly.)

Occasional Muscle Discomfort: Apply directly to the area with a diluted carrier oil: Lemongrass 2 drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil 2 drops or Lavender 2 drops or Basil 2 drops – mix your combo choice; Apply to the area and wait 6 minutes before reapplying. A little will work faster than a lot – especially for discomfort.

Footbaths for tired feet: Lemongrass with Epsom salt soak 3 drops max, in a soaking tub. (dish pan)

Thyroid Support: Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Clove, and Patchouli essential oils applied with a carrier oil over the thyroid area daily.

Circulation Support: Lemongrass 2 drops in center of hands and add new moisturizing cream and rub into hands and wrists, do the same for feet each night before sleep. 

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