Lemongrass oil is a common ingredient in Asian cooking since the perennial plant thrives in tropical and subtropical regions such as Cambodia, India, Malaysia, China, Guatemala, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. Many are familiar with the oils uses for flavoring foods like fish, poultry, or seafood, but lemongrass oil has also become popular in cosmetics and aromatherapy.
1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Lemongrass oil works great for topical pain relief. The oil offers immediate pain relief while reducing inflammation, which can occur with chronic diseases such as asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Parkinson’s disease.
The anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass oil come from the limonene present in the oil. To use the oil topically, you want to dilute two drops of lemongrass oil to one teaspoon of a carrier oil such as almond oil or apricot kernel oil.
2. Skin Health
This essential oil works wonders for your skin! Lemongrass oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that effectively cleanse all skin types, leaving refreshed, glowing skin. We can add lemongrass oil to shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, and deodorants to help our skin.
In addition to evening your skin tone, the oil also sterilizes your pores, serves as a natural toner, and strengthens skin tissues. Plus, the oil alleviates muscle pain and headaches if you massage it on your head, scalp, and body.
As mentioned, lemongrass oil can be used in deodorants because it is a natural air freshener. You can add it to water and use it as a mist or you can add it to a diffuser or vaporizer. If you want to customize your fragrance, you can add other oils like lavender or peppermint to get the scent you desire.
Synthetic deodorants are a big expense and can have a heavy impact on the environment. Also, synthetic deodorants can irritate the skin and exacerbate certain allergies. Lemongrass oil is far healthier, and it does not have the same side effects as synthetic deodorants. If you are interested in mixing your own deodorant, One Green Planet offers instructions on how to make it, which I highly recommend!
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4. Bug Repellant
Insects hate lemongrass! Due to its high citral and geraniol content, lemongrass oil repels bugs such as ants and mosquitoes. You can spray the oil directly onto any exposed skin to repel flying bugs and apply it on the edges of your clothes to keep away climbing insects like ticks.
Before applying the oil onto your skin, dilute it in a carrier oil or salve first. In addition to repelling insects, this essential oil fights fleas. To kill fleas, add five drops of lemongrass oil to water and create a spray for your pet’s coat. (DIY Bug Spray)
5. Headache Relief
I get headaches frequently, whether it’s from hormones, tension, or allergies. Lemongrass oil soothes all types. Although peppermint oil is also a fantastic headache reliever, lemongrass oil is great if you are sensitive to peppermint.
Simply apply several drops to your temples at the first signs of a headache. The lemony aroma will help you feel relaxed and begin to soothe pain. If you want extra relief, you can apply diffused lemongrass oil to your temples and massage a few drops of peppermint oil behind your ears and along your hairline.
6. Hair Health
If you’re suffering from conditions such as hair loss, oily hair, or other scalp conditions, lemongrass oil could be highly beneficial for you. The oil strengthens hair follicles and soothes dry and itchy scalps. Simply massage several drops into your scalp and rinse it out. The bacteria-killing properties of the lemongrass oil will leave your hair shiny, fresh, and odor-free.
7. Stress Reducer and Sleep Aid
The calming aroma of lemongrass oil has the power to relieve anxiety, irritability, insomnia. The oil’s sedative and hypnotic properties can help you sleep throughout the night and also improves the overall quality of your sleep.
Applying lemongrass oil to the bottoms of your feet before going to bed is calming and induces a deep sleep. Also, you can drink a cup of lemongrass tea to relax your body. For relieving stress, you can create your own massage oil or add it to your body lotion.
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8. Muscle Relaxer
This oil is great for muscle pain and tension. If your muscles are tight and sore, you can use lemongrass oil to concoct a massage oil that will reduce inflammation in your muscles. Massaging the oil into your skin helps circulate blood flow, which relieves muscle spasms, backaches, sprains, and cramps. After a long day at work, your feet can feel tired and sore, so try adding ten drops of lemongrass oil to warm water and soak your feet.
9. Menstrual Cramps
Cramps and other side effects caused by menstruation can leave you feeling awful. This essential oil can relieve pain from menstrual cramps, and even helps with nausea and irritability. To help relieve these symptoms, try drinking two cups of lemongrass tea a day.
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Because lemongrass oil has diuretic properties, it can help flush toxins out of the body and reduce fluid buildup. It helps detox the digestive tract, bladder, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, keeping your system clean and healthy. To use this oil as a detoxifier, you can drink lemongrass tea, or add it to your soup. Try this Secret Cucumber Detox Soup recipe.
11. Lowers Cholesterol
You can lower your cholesterol just by taking two drops of lemongrass oil per day. Animals that had high cholesterol were given lemongrass oil in a study, and their numbers improved drastically. Consuming this essential oil sustains healthy levels of triglycerides and reduces the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. This protects you against many cardiac