Lemongrass Essential Oil

Cymbopogon Flexuosus

Lemongrass Essential Oil has been used historically as an ingredient in cooking and as a natural anti-fungal agent for cleaning and deodorizing. 

It has been used as a fragrance in cosmetics & perfumes, detergents & soaps, and as flavoring for drinks and food. 

In more recent times it has been recognized for its ability to relax your mind, soothe sore muscles, support digestive systems and as medicine for infectious diseases.  



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What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Lemongrass Essential Oil

Family:  Poaceae (Gramineae)
Origins:  Native to Asia, probably Sri Lanka. Cultivated in the West Indies, Africa and tropical Asia. Main producers include Guatemala and India
Other Names:  East Indian lemongrass, Cochin lemongrass, native lemongrass, British India lemongrass, "vervaine Indienne" or France Indian verbena. 
Description:  A fast-growing, tall aromatic perennial grass that grows a meter and a half tall. Roots quickly exhaust the soil.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Fresh and partially dried grass

Principal Constituents:  Citral (up to 85%), geraniol, methyl eugenol, borneol, dipentene, and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil

Apply lemongrass oil topically on pets to naturally repel ticks, fleas and lice.

Candida

Lemongrass Essential Oil is a natural anti-fungal, antioxidant agent that works well as a candida cleanse. Studies show that Lemongrass has the natural ability to penetrate the protective barrier created by candida.

Lemongrass oil is a cheap and easily available oil, that smells nice and has powerful effects against Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger and Candida tropicalis fungal strains.

When vaporized it alters the cellular structures of fungus.

As an added bonus this oil is a powerful antioxidant which can help stop inflammation and also destroy internal fungal infections like ringworm as well as external infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Lemongrass Oil should be diluted with a carrier oil before applying topically.

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Circulation

Lemongrass Essential Oil can be used to stimulate your circulation and help with poor muscle tone and skin.

Add a small amount (about 1:20) of oil to a carrier oil and massage areas of concern.

Increase the blend to about 25:75 to address high blood pressure, headaches, strained or damaged ligaments, muscles pain and tendons.

Put 15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts and take a nice relaxing bath.

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Cooking

Lemongrass Oil can be added to an oil and drizzled over grilled meat, seafood or roasted vegetables for flavoring.

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Deodorant

Lemongrass Essential Oil is a natural deodorant because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties.

It has a fresh, grassy, citrusy, pungent, earthy and slightly bitter scent which is very pleasant.

Lemongrass Essential Oil has been used historically as an ingredient in cooking and as a natural anti-fungal agent for cleaning and deodorizing. 

It has been used as a fragrance in cosmetics & perfumes, detergents & soaps, and as flavoring for drinks and food. 

As an added bonus this oil is a powerful antioxidant which can help stop inflammation and also destroy internal fungal infections like ringworm as well as external infections like athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Lemongrass Oil is an astringent and can be used to open pores and release toxins.

It is known for helping with many skin conditions including perspiration.

No not use Lemongrass during pregnancy because of its influence on your hormones.

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Digestive System

Mix Lemongrass Essential Oil with a carrier oil in a 1:20 blend and massage your abdomen to calm colitis, gastric inflammation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and nausea.  

Put 10 drops of oil in a cup of Epsom salts and take a relaxing hot bath.

The oil can be taken internally using a gelatin cap

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Emotional Balance

Massage a mixture of Lemongrass Essential Oil with a carrier oil in a 25:75 blend and massage your hands and the soles of your feet to help with insomnia, nervous exhaustion and other stress related conditions.

Put 15 drops of oil in a cup of Epsom salts and take a relaxing hot bath. Lavender Essential Oil can be added as well.

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Environment

Antimicrobial activity of commercially available essential oils against Streptococcus mutans.  Pubmed.gov

Lemongrass Essential Oil is a natural anti-fungal agent and works well to deodorize a room and prevent infections when used in a diffuser.

It also works very well in a diffuser to repel insects both indoors and outdoors.

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Hair Care

Known for it's healing properties, Lemongrass Essential Oil can soothe an itchy scalp and reduce dandruff while, at the same time strengthen your hair follicles and promote growth.

Massage a couple drops into your scalp or add 10 drops to your shampoo/conditioner and leave for a few minutes before rinsing.

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Inflammation

Lemongrass Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can assist in relieving many conditions such as:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Crohn’s 
  • Diabetes

Take a relaxing bath with 10 drops of lemongrass in a cup of Epsom salts.

Apply diluted with a little water onto your skin. If you find it stings, add a carrier oil.

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Skin Treatment

Lemongrass Oil is an astringent and can be used to open pores and release toxins.

It is known for helping with many skin conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Athlete's foot
  • Pediculosis
  • Perspiration
  • Scabies

Take a relaxing bath with 10 drops of lemongrass in a cup of Epsom Salts.

Apply diluted with a little water onto your skin. If you find it stings, add a carrier oil.

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Combine With Other Oils

Blends well with:

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