Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil holds tremendous healing power inside its stalks. Lemongrass is most commonly used to relieve digestive issues, reduce bodily aches, ward off insects, pains, and high temperatures, and eliminate harmful bacteria. Lemongrass oil has been widely praised by people around the world due to its analgesic, antimicrobial, diuretic, astringent, and nervine effects. 
In East India and Sri Lanka, Lemongrass was historically used to make soups, curries, and a local drink called “fever tea,” which was intended to treat not only fevers but also diarrhea, irregular menstruation, stomach aches and skin infections. It continues to be used in Cuba and the Caribbean to reduce blood pressure and to assist with digestion.
The compounds that make up lemongrass essential oil are known to have anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemongrass essential oil is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and vitamin C. It also provides essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.
Lemongrass is an herb that belongs to the grass family of Poaceae. Lemongrass essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation from the stems and leaves of dried lemongrass, which is native to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.
Lemongrass contains citral, an anti-inflammatory compound. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases.
Headaches and Migraines
Lemongrass oil is often recommended for relief from headaches. Researchers believe that a compound in lemongrass called eugenol has similar abilities to aspirin. Eugenol is thought to prevent blood platelets from clumping together. It also releases serotonin, a hormone that regulates mood, sleep, appetite, and cognitive functions.
Promote Skin Health
One major lemongrass essential oil benefit is its skin healing properties. Lemongrass is rich in limonene, a bioactive compound known for its skin bleaching properties and protective agent. Lemongrass oil has been known to strengthen the dermal cells and layers.
Lemongrass oil may strengthen your hair follicles and reduce hair loss. When used in shampoos, it is believed to prevent hair loss.
Natural Bug Repellant
Because of its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass oil is known to repel bugs such as mosquitoes and ants.
Lemongrass has been known for centuries anecdotally as a cure for stomach distress, gastritis and gastric ulcers.
Lemongrass oil acts as an antiseptic, making it a beneficial ingredient in lotions and creams that prevent wounds from becoming infected.
Relieve Stomach Pain
By alleviating abdominal pain, lemongrass oil can relieve stomach aches and ease spasms in the digestive tract.
Helps Digestive Problems
Lemongrass oil can help relieve pain from gas irritation in the stomach and bowels. It’s also been shown to have anti-diarrheal effects.
Power Antioxidant Effects
Studies have shown that lemongrass oil has powerful antioxidant activity with the ability to fight off disease-causing free radicals.
Have sore muscles or are you experiencing cramps or muscle spasms? Lemongrass oil may help relieve muscle aches, cramps and spasms. It may also help to improve circulation.
Flu and Colds
Lemongrass oil can fight bacteria and can help to combat airborne illnesses like common cold, especially when used with a vaporizer.
Lemongrass oil has been known to detox the digestive tract, liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. Lemongrass oil or tea has been used as a detoxifier in several countries. It works as a detoxifying agent by increasing perspiration, thus promoting the expulsion of bodily toxins through sweating.
Lemongrass oil has diuretic and astringent properties that may draw excess fluid out of body tissue. Because it works as a natural diuretic, consuming lemongrass oil will help you to flush harmful toxins out of your body.
Lemongrass Oil can eliminate or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi due to its Citral and Limonene content, which is known to have anti-microbial properties.
Lemongrass Oil may reduce inflammation due to its Limonene content, and may slow down the flow of blood by contracting blood vessels.
Due to its ability to reduce fever, Lemongrass earned the name “fever grass” in some cultures that made “fever teas” from Lemongrass leaves.
Lemongrass has been used in medicine in India for more than 2000 years. It has been used for its carminative and anti-spasmodic activity. A tea made with lemongrass is useful for fevers.
How to use Lemongrass Oil
Aromatically and topically. Dilute lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio before applying to directly to your skin.
Make sure to first test your reaction to any essential oil by applying a small amount to a patch of skin to check for allergies.
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