Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus ), like it’s name says is a grass, a tall grass at that, of tropical origin. It comes from the same family as Citronella ( Cymbopogon nardus ). It grows in dense clumps. It is a perennial plant.
Lemongrass has a fresh lemony aroma with hints of ginger. The source of it’s essential oil is the freshly cut & partially dried leaves obtained through steam distillation.
Benefits Of Lemongrass Essential Oil
When the essential oil is burned, the aroma imparts an inviting, clear, clean & simple-back-to-basic atmosphere. It revives the mind & relaxes the body. It is frequently used as a :
- Anti Depressant.
- Heals Cuts & Sores, with it’s antiseptic properties.
- Stimulant, to induce perspiration therefore, cooling the body.
- Mild Insect Repellent.
- Sedative, for indigestion & for exhaustion.
Lemongrass essential oil is common as an additive to soaps & cosmetics. However, it may cause skin sensitivity in some individuals who have skin allergies. It also repels negative energy for those who are spiritually inclined.
South American folk medicine makes use of the plant as an Anti Spasmodic, Analgesic, Antiseptic cure. The Chinese treat Abdominal Pains, Stomach Aches, Headaches with it while in India they boil the fresh or dried leaves to treat Rheumatic Pains.
An interesting study made sometime ago claimed that lemongrass can help cut down on cholesterol. After three months, some participants had noticed their cholesterol was down a few points. But when they stopped taking lemongrass their cholesterol returned to previous levels. The remaining group did not register any changes. Exactly how much lemongrass to take had not been established with any certainty. It is best to seek expert advice when it comes to health matters.
As there is little evidence to support it’s oral dosage, the medicinal usage of lemongrass is therefore, considered a placebo. Personally my wife uses lemongrass in some Thai dishes she cooks & has made fresh lemongrass tea. Lemongrass tea isn’t as biter as lemon juice but is just effective after a large meal.
Another one the wife does for customers at her business : http://thaimassageyork.com/ is fresh Lemongrass with a slice of fresh Ginger add boiling water & wait a few minutes. Then enjoy a lovely cup of tea. It offers a twang of spiciness that customers enjoy.
I have read many times about lemongrass been a cure for cancer ? We all wish this was true. But facts are no studies have proved that it is affective in helping cancer sufferers.
Do try the tea it’s really refreshing & as this video shows it’s a detox !
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