Lemongrass is a beautifully fragrant herb that is commonly used to add a subtle citrus flavor to Asian cuisine. As an herb, Lemongrass has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine to treat illness, fevers and to boost immune system function.
As an essential oil, Lemongrass has many beneficial uses that might surprise you!
This blog post contains some of the most common benefits of lemongrass essential oil and some recipes for using this bright oil in your home.
NATURAL DEODORIZER: Lemongrass oil can be used in homemade deodorants, room sprays and household cleaners to leave you and your home smelling delightfully fresh.
SKIN HEALTH: Lemongrass oil can be used as an effective cleanser for all skin types; its antiseptic and astringent properties can balance issues with redness, acne and tone, giving you beautiful, glowing skin. You can add lemongrass oil to shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, soaps, and lotions.
BUG REPELLANT: Lemongrass is closely related to citronella — a well-known bug repellent that’s often used in bug repellants. When combined, these two oils work marvelously to keep your body from becoming a treat for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other uninvited bugs. You can diffuse Lemongrass or place 15-20 drops in a spray bottle with distilled water and spritz yourself and your surroundings to keep bugs at bay!
Lemongrass is also considered safe for use on your dog as well- spray hom down with the same solution of lemongrass and citronella oil, or place 15-25 drops on fido's collar to repel fleas, ticks, mites and other parasites. Lemongrass is not recommended for use on cats.
STRESS REDUCER/SLEEP AID: Lemongrass oil's clean and calming aroma is known to relieve stress, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Use lemongrass as a massage oil, or diffused to improve mood and induce relaxation.
HEADACHE RELIEF: Lemongrass oil's calming and soothing effects are commonly used to relieve the pain, pressure, or tension that can cause headaches. Massaging a few drops into the temples or on the shoulders can promote instant relaxation, melting away tension headaches.
FEVER REDUCER: Lemongrass oil is considered an excellent antipyretic. Antipyretics are substances that can bring down a high fever. Lemongrass oil is well known for its ability to do just this and is often used in tea to reduce fevers. Simply place a few drops in a cup of tea, or rub on the bottom of the feet.
DIGESTIVE AID: Studies have shown lemongrass essential oil to be beneficial in the treatment of ulcers and other gastrointestinal maladies. One to two drops in a glass of water may help ease stomach pain from gas, heartburn, indigestion or gastric ulcers.
CIRCULATION/MUSCLE RELIEF: Lemongrass has long been used in ayurvedic medicine as a massage oil for increasing circulation and relieving tight muscles and arthritic conditions.
WOW! What an amazing essential oil! Lemongrass is quite common in many essential oil blends, because it is generally regarded as safe for both topical and internal use. As with all essential oils, we recommend diluting before use and testing on a small patch of skin before widespread use to prevent any negative side effects.
Here are some fun essential oil blend recipes containing Lemongrass for you to try mixing and either diffusing or using topically -- try them, and stop by our Facebook page to let us know what you think!