By Perfect Harmony, Feb 9 2016 07:34PM
WHAT IS LEMON GRASS ESSENTIAL OIL ?
Lemongrass has a light, fresh, citrus aroma accompanied by an ‘earthy’ undertone. Its properties are varied and used for stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing. The compounds that make up lemongrass essential oil are also known to have anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also a source of essential vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C as well as providing essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Lemongrass is a thready, fibrous stalk that grows in dense clumps up to 6’ high and 4’ wide. It’s native to tropical, warm regions like Southeast Asia and India.
In India, it’s long-been used as a medicinal herb. It’s also common in Asian cuisine whilst in African and South American countries, it’s used for making tea. In the form of an oil it has many other uses. Around the home, it serves as a fantastic room fragrance. Just apply a few drops to a diffuser and it will clear cooking and pet smells really quickly.
On the body: Applied topically (outside, on the skin) lemongrass can be used for many purposes.
• Relieves headaches
• Reduces stomach aches
• Alleviates abdominal and muscle pain
• Kills germs
• Acts as an astringent
• Reduces fever
• Boosts energy
• Eases digestive tract spasms
• Wards off insects
A few more details on this amazing lemon grass oil include:
1. It Serves As A Natural Deodorizer
Simply add the oil to water in a spray mister. Or add to a diffuser and then burn the oil slowly (not forgetting to keep an eye on the tealight candle). It also mixes well with lavender and peppermint.
2. Works Wonders For Skin Cleansing/Healing
One major lemongrass essential oil benefit is its skin healing properties. Add to conditioners, shampoos, soaps and deodorants, soaps. Lemongrass oil is an effective cleanser for all skin types as well as being a natural skin toner.
3) Great For Headache Relief
By rubbing this oil into your hair, scalp, and body, you can alleviate headaches or muscle pain. The calming and soothing effects of lemongrass oil has the power to relieve the pain, pressure, or tension that can cause headaches. Try massaging diluted lemongrass oil on your temples and breathe in the relaxing lemony fragrance.
4) An Excellent Hair Treatment
Lemongrass oil can strengthen your hair follicles. If you have hair loss or an itchy and irritated scalp, massage a few drops of lemongrass oil into your scalp for two minutes and then rinse. The soothing and bacteria-killing properties will leave your hair shiny, fresh, and odor free.
5) It’s A Natural Insect Repellant
Lemongrass oil is known to repel bugs such as mosquitoes and ants. This natural repellant has a mild smell and can be sprayed directly on the skin. You can even use lemongrass oil to kill fleas; add about 5 drops of oil to water and create your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat.
6). It Acts As A Sleep Aid
The calming and mild smell of lemongrass oil can help relieve anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. It also has sedative properties which can also improve the duration and quality of sleep.
7) It’s A Muscle Relaxant
Because the oil aids blood circulation, the knock-on effect is an improvement in muscle spasms, back aches, sprains, and cramps. Try rubbing diluted lemongrass oil on your body or make your own lemongrass oil foot bath.
8) It Kills Bacteria
The citral and limonene content in lemongrass oil can kill or stifle the growth of bacteria and fungi. This will help avoid infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.