PORTRAIT

You and your kids need lemongrass essential oil handy if sports are a part of your life. It cools, soothes, and aids in healing all those injuries that come on the field or court. If you’re a slow starter in the morning, diffusing lemongrass will refresh and energize you. Lemongrass essential oil has recently been the subject of numerous scientific investigations examining its potential use as an anticancer agent. For the latest research, go to pubmed.gov and search for “lemongrass and cancer.”

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Grass
Botanical Family: Poaceae
Chemical Family: Aldehydes
Country of Origin: Madagascar
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Fresh, Herbaceous, Lemony
Note Classification: Top/Middle

PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Sedative on the Central Nervous System
  • Refreshing

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic – An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Bactericide – An agent that destroys bacteria.
  • Digestive – Increases functional activity of the digestive tract.
  • Febrifuge –And agent that cools and reduces high body temperature.
  • Tonic — An agent that strengthens and improves bodily performance.

HOW TO USE

Bug Repellent: Blend 6 drops of lemongrass, 4 drops lavender, 5 drops cederwood into 1 oz. carrier oil. Massage into skin area to repel mosquitoes.

Diffuser: Excellent for creating an uplifting, refreshing and happy environment. Also keeps the bugs away!

Fungus: Blend 6 drops of lemongrass, 4 drops geranium into 1 oz. of aloe vera gel. Apply to affected area.

Massage Oil: This is a powerful analgesic and assists in healing of any injury to the muscle, tendon, ligament, and bone. Lemongrass is cooling, stimulating and refreshing and great to use for massage on those hot summer nights. See Recipes.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Cooling Massage Blend

5 drops of lemongrass

4 drops of lavender

2 drops of  vetiver

Directions: Blend above oils into 1 oz. of carrier oil.

SAFETY

May cause irritation to skin and mucous membranes, best to use in low doses. Avoid using on individuals with sensitive or damaged skin. May be sensitizing. Robert Tisserand suggests that the oil not be used with children under two years old. Restrict use during pregnancy and breast feeding to maximum 0.7%.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

MORE INFO

Lemongrass essential oil has also been shown to be a potent and important antibacterial agent. Due to its interaction with the immune system and its broad-spectrum antimicrobial action, diffuser use of lemongrass may be an excellent means of “disinfecting the air” in your home or office.

In a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology, essential oil vapors (which you can create through using a nebulizing diffuser) using essential oils of geranium and lemongrass were shown to be effective even against MRSA bacteria. This may prove useful in hospital settings where such bacteria have become resistant against conventional antibiotics.

Lemongrass essential oil has also been studied as an antifungal agent against Candida. Candida is a natural occurring fungus in our bodies that can “overgrow” due to dietary imbalances.

What’s more, lemongrass has a refreshing, uplifting, and energizing aroma that aids our logical thinking. It’s ideal for use at home, work, or wherever clear, fresh thinking and good concentration are needed.

References:

  1. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.
  2. Fisher-Rizzi S. Complete Aromatherapy Handbook. Sterling Publishing Company, USA 1990.

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