What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?
Other than smelling amazing and being a staple in Thai cooking, most people would find it hard to believe that the tough stalks of lemongrass have amazing healing benefits. It has quickly become one of my favorite oils!
Lemongrass essential oil has so many uses beyond cooking. While it is well known for it's lemon flavor and citrus aroma, it is also used to relieve muscle soreness and body aches, kill bacteria on skin, as an insect repellent, and a digestive aid. Lemongrass may prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast as well as having antioxidant properties. It contains substances that are used to alleviate muscle soreness, reduce elevated body temperatures, and to stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow.
I have linked to scientific research articles where I could find them. Remember that I like science, real science and I try and provide whatever science I can to backup my statements for you. I know that essential oils are powerful tools not only because there is so much science behind their use and efficacy, but also because I use them everyday. I'll admit though, that even though I use them, I'm still a skeptic, and I'm actually surprised almost every time they work for something other than smelling nice.
Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil contains many vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, B vitamins, folate, and vitamin C, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Due to the compounds and antioxidants contained in lemongrass oil, it has a huge variety of medicinal uses.
- Relieves headaches
- Decreases stomach aches
- Relieves abdominal and muscle discomfort
- Has antibacterial properties, specifically again S. aureus
- Aids in sleep
- Supports the respiratory system
- Reduces elevated body temperatures
- Supports the nervous system
- Supports the immune system
- Repels insects
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Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil
1. Natural Deodorizer
Use lemongrass oil as a non-toxic and safe air freshener or deodorizer. Add the oil to water and use it as a mist or put it in a diffuser. Lemongrass essential oil is used in the manufacturing of deodorants because of its cleansing and antibacterial properties. These properties help to fight unpleasant body odor and prevent fungal or bacterial threats/invasions.
2. Skin and Hair Health
One of the major benefits of lemongrass essential oil is its skin healing properties. Add lemongrass oil to your shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, and lotion. It is an effective cleanser for all skin types and its antiseptic and astringent properties make it an excellent natural toner. Rubbing this oil into your hair, scalp, and body, you can alleviate headaches or muscle soreness.
Lemongrass oil can also strengthen your hair follicles, so if you are suffering from hair loss or an itchy scalp, massage a few drops of lemongrass oil into your scalp for a few minutes and then rinse.
3. Natural Bug Repellant
Because of its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass oil is excellent at repelling bugs such as mosquitoes and ants. This natural repellant can be sprayed directly onto the skin.
4. Reduce Stress and Supports Restful Sleep
The smell of lemongrass oil is known to relieve anxious feelings, irritability, and sleplessness. It also has sedative and hypnotic properties which can help to improve both the duration and quality of sleep. For stress relief, create your own lemongrass massage oil (a few drops of oil in a teaspoon of fractionated coconut or almond oil) or add lemongrass oil to your body lotion.
5. Muscle Relaxer and Headache Relief
Lemongrass oil benefits also include relief of muscles aches and headaches. The phytonutrients contained in this oil promote circulation which can help to relieve muscle spasms, aches, sprains, and cramps. Massage diluted lemongrass oil over affected area, for headaches, apply to temples, neck, and shoulders.
6. Calms the Nervous System
Lemongrass oil has been proven to help calm the the nervous system. It can help in combating convulsions, nervousness, vertigo and might be helpful in various neuronal disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It assists in calming the nerves and helps to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and fatigue caused by stress.
7. Menstrual Cramp Relief
Drinking lemongrass tea is known to help women with menstrual cramps; it also helps with nausea and irritability. Drink two cups of lemongrass tea a day to relieve the discomfort associated with your period.
8. Stomach Protector
Studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil has cleansing and protective properties. These properties help fight environmental threats that may be caused by certain bacteria. Lemongrass oil is beneficial in keeping the gastric lining of the stomach healthy and intact, improving digestion, and alleviating constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and stomach aches. Adding lemongrass oil or infused lemongrass water to your tea or soup can help alleviate stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea.
9. Kills Bacteria
The citral and limonene content in lemongrass oil give it germ-killing properties. It is effective in protecting against foreign invaders, keeping feet free of unwanted foot fungus, and protecting against yeast growth. Many studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil is an effective purifying and antibacterial agent.
10. Body Temperature Reducer
Consuming lemongrass oil or a lemongrass tea has been shown to reduce body temperature when your body is fighting illness. Lab studies have shown that a lemongrass is an effective method to relieving elevated temperatures and the accompanying symptoms.
11. Reduces Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass oil comes from limonene. This property can assist the body in decreasing the inflammation has been found to be associated with many health conditions. One study demonstrated that lemongrass essential oil was as effective as topical anti-inflammatory drugs.
12. Antioxidant Effects
Studies have shown that lemongrass oil has the ability to fight off free radicals. One of the main components of lemongrass oil, citral, may have protective action against the development of cancer.
Lemongrass Side Effects
Lemongrass essential oil is safe for most people to use, although some people have experienced allergic reactions. In order to reduce the risk of a reaction, all essential oils should be diluted prior to applying to the skin.
Because lemongrass can stimulate menstrual flow, it should not be used by women who are pregnant as there is a slight chance that this may lead to a miscarriage. Breastfeeding mothers and children should use with caution. If you have specific questions regarding the use of lemongrass oil, it is best to consult your healthcare provider.