Lemongrass essential oil (botanical name: cymbopogon flexuosus) is extracted from lemongrass which is a fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass native to Asia, but now more commonly cultivated in Africa, the West Indies and Tropical Asia. It varies in color from pale to vivid yellow and has a strong fresh, lemony and earthy aroma.
There are many ways in which lemongrass oil can be used for our health, mind, body and home and here are the top seven uses for this wonderful essential oil.
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Hair Care: Judy Griffin, author of Flowers That Heal, suggests that lemongrass oil can help to prevent hair loss by tightening hair follicles due to its astringent properties. It has also been found to be effective at treating oily hair and scalp. Combine lemongrass with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba, and massage into scalp. Alternatively, add five drops of lemongrass essential oil to one cup of apple cider vinegar and use as a hair rinse to clear away dirt and build-up and soften the hair.
Skin Care: Lemongrass’ astringent properties help to minimize pores and tighten skin therefore reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Lemongrass oil also has anti-fungal, anti-septic and anti-microbial properties which help to keep skin clear and clean.
Acne: Rinsing your face with a mixture of three drops of lemongrass essential oil and warm water helps to clear dirt, grease and excess oil from the skin which reduces acne and pimple flare ups.
Pain Relief: Lemongrass essential oil has analgesic properties which helps it to relieve pain and inflammation in muscles, joints, for headaches, toothaches and menstrual cramps. The lemongrass can be used in massage oils, added to bath water or bath salts or can be present in pain relief creams or lotions.
Anti-Depressant: Lemongrass oil has mood uplifting properties and helps to calm, relax and sedate. It reduces feelings of anxiety, boosts energy and increases self-esteem. Add a few drops of lemongrass oil to your bath or burn a lemongrass candle to take advantage of its anti-depressant qualities.
Cellulite: It has been suggested, although not clinically proven, that lemongrass oil massaged onto affected areas helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Mix two drops of lemongrass essential oil with 1oz of your favorite unrefined oil (such as coconut) and massage onto cellulite.
Insect Repellent: Lemongrass oil has insecticidal properties making it an effective ingredient to use in insect repellent sprays. Mix two teaspoons lemongrass essential oil with one teaspoon eucalyptus oil and one teaspoon of jojoba oil in a glass spray bottle. Shake well and then add 8oz. of distilled witch hazel and shake again. Spray on your body and clothes to keep insects at bay. You could also burn a lemongrass candle to increase the area
Lemongrass essential oil is one of the most versatile and useful essential oils and having a bottle handy in your home can only be a good thing.
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What do you use lemongrass essential oil for? Leave a comment below sharing your ideas.