Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass or Lemongrass essential oil is one of my all time favorite go-to herbs/oils!
Not only is it a delicious seasoning that has a citrusy flavor, but it also makes an excellent tea and as far as Lemongrass essential oil, you will find yourself reaching for it often.
Lemongrass is true to its name in that it belongs to the flowering grass family Poaceae. Lemongrass comes from India, so if you plan on growing your own outdoors, you need to live in at least zone 9.
Outside lemongrass grows 3 and 6 feet high. It can be grown inside as well, but it will not grow as tall. However, it doesn’t make a very pleasant houseplant as it simply looks like a patch of grass and doesn’t produce flowers often.
At the base there is a fat stalk, that looks somewhat like the bulb of a spring onion, this is the part used mostly for cooking purposes. The leaves/stalks can be used in cooking but are more often used in tea.
Lemongrass tea has a zesty, refreshing flavor, and can work wonders to settle upset stomachs or ease a cough.
Using Lemongrass & Lemongrass Essential Oil:
For those who suffer from flatulence try placing 4-5 drops of Lemongrass essential oil in a spoon of honey or sugar. As the saying goes a spoonful of sugar helps the lemongrass go down…hmmm maybe I don’t have that quite right but give it a try, and you will be pleasantly pleased.
Lemongrass essential oil has a delightful lemony smell with a slightly earthy undertone that many people find both stimulating and relaxing.
Insects, like mosquitoes and ants, on the other hand, seem to find its smell offensive thus making it a great insect repellent. I also use it mixed with water in a spray bottle to keep fleas off my furry friends.
Lemongrass is also known for it’s anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Making it excellent for cuts and bruises or as a muscle rub.
Because Lemongrass is astringent, it can help improve acne, add one or two drops of Lemongrass essential oil to a carrier oil and dab on affected areas a couple of times a day.
Lemongrass is very calming and helps relieve headache pain when rubbed on temples. I particularly like to use coconut oil as a carrier when using it for this purpose.
Using Lemongrass On Scalp And In Baths:
I have a friend who suffers from itchy, irritated scalp and he massages a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil mixed with coconut oil into his scalp after showering.
Not only has it helped relieve his scalp problem, but he has beautiful, thick, shiny, healthy hair.
Use Lemongrass after a long hard day in your bath as a soothing form of aromatherapy.
You can do this by putting a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil in the water. Or you can also place a reuseable tea bag containing a handful of Lemongrass leaves or tea under the running water while running your hot bath.
Leave the bag in the water while you as you bathe. You’ll finish your bath feeling renewed and relaxed.
These are just a few of the wonders that Lemongrass have to offer, but the list doesn’t end here.
Many people find it helpful in treating depression, indigestion, as well as help with cholesterol control. Do you have any favorite uses for lemongrass, if so we would love to hear from you!
If you liked this post on Lemongrass essential oil, here are a few other essential oils to check out.
- Peppermint Oil Benefits
- Pumpkin Seed Oil Uses And Benefits
- Fennel Essential Oil Uses for Women’s Health
- Clary Sage Essential Oil for Women’s Health
Please note that I am not a medical professional and this post is not meant to replace your medications. As with any health treatment, be sure to consult your doctor before trying anything new.