The lemongrass essential oil is made from the blades and the leaves of the grass, steam-distilled. Lemongrass is very commonly used when cooking, but can be used for many other benefits. The lemon aroma is used in producing many conventional cleaners and you are therefore likely to be reminded of a chemical when you inhale the lemongrass essential oil.
The lemongrass essential oil comes with a number of benefits to health:
- It supports and boosts healthy digestion
- It soothes muscles and tendons that are aching
- It purifies as well as tones the skin
- It relieves depression and that heavy feeling most people feel when they are emotionally or mentally troubled
- It relaxes the nerves
The best thing about lemongrass essential oil is that it can be used with a number of other oils including lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and geranium. Blending the oil with another increases the benefits you can get, and you can mix combinations depending on the results that you are looking for.
Using lemongrass Essential Oil
Before using lemongrass essential oil, test on a small skin area to determine skin sensitivity and allergy. It is also very important to remember that excessive use of this oil can cause skin sensitization. Thus, there is a need to use it mildly for best results. When applying it, keep it off the nose, ears and the eyes.
- For sore joints and muscle strains, combine equal amounts of the oil and coconut oil. Then massage topically around the areas giving you issues. It will soothe the pains away.
- To promote healthy digestion, you can use it to flavor meat dishes and entrees.
- To achieve healthy and clean toenails, combine it with melaleuca then apply to the nails. This can be done for several days for best results.
- If you are looking for a way to keep insects at bay while outdoors, rub a little oil onto your skin. It works wonders in repelling insects.
- If you are feeling desperate, anxious or having a feeling of unrest, you can inhale the oil softly by placing a drop on your palm and rubbing the hands together before inhaling for a minimum of 30 seconds. You’ll love how relaxed and calm the oil will make you feel.
- It can be used in the post workout soothing bath. Simply add at least 10 drops of the oil, as well as marjoram oil, in two cups of Epsom salt before pouring under running hot water so the salt can dissolve completely. You can then soak in the bath for half an hour to soothe your entire body after an intense workout.
- To use as a refreshing deodorant, fill a spray bottle of 4 oz. with ten drops of the lemongrass essential oil and witch hazel. Then spray the solution under your arms to stay fresh.
- If you want to enjoy the energy boosting benefits of lemongrass essential oil, make a blend of the oil, peppermint and wild orange in equal parts and place in your diffuser.