Beauty And Health Benefits Of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Beauty And Health Benefits Of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Essential oils have been used since 4500 BC by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Indians, and Greeks. They were used for their medicinal properties and luxurious scents and are still used today. 

Oils can be extracted from just about any plant. Some plants yield more oil than others. For example, sandalwood yields 4.5 %, while lavender yields only 0.5 %. This difference in yields is the reason some essential oils are more expensive than others. An oil with a low yield will be more expensive as it takes many flowers or leaves to produce a small amount, while flowers, leaves, or seeds that produce a lot of oil will be cheaper. 

Lemongrass is broad-leafed grass with a wonderful citrusy smell. Fresh lemongrass is used in cooking and is thus safe to eat, but lemongrass essential oil is not safe to ingest unless you follow directions from a health practitioner. Lemongrass is often used in soaps and other cosmetics.  

Lemongrass essential oil is not only divine smelling but also has many health benefits. It works by preventing the growth of some bacteria and yeasts. Lemongrass essential oil is one of the oils that should only be used externally. The essential oil should never be ingested, and it should only be rubbed on unbroken skin. It should never be used on sensitive areas such as your mouth, nose, or eyes. When applying lemongrass essential oil to the skin, it is best to mix it with a bit of carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil before applying it to the skin. Here are some of the health benefits of lemongrass essential oil:

Health Benefits Of Lemongrass Essential Oil

1. Pain and Swelling: It is used to relieve pain and swelling. Lemongrass essential oil should be rubbed gently onto the skin of twisted ankles, or bruises, and other injuries. It can also be rubbed onto the jaw when wisdom teeth have been removed. If muscles are sore and stiff after exercise, lemongrass essential oil can be mixed with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and massaged into the painful muscles. People with rheumatoid arthritis have found lemongrass oil to be very soothing and pain-relieving, primarily when used every day.

2 . Headaches and Migraines:  Dilute a few drops of oil in a carrier oil and rub it gently into your temples. There is a compound in lemongrass called eugenol, which is similar to aspirin. Eugenol is thought to prevent blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. A migraine is thought to be caused by pressure in the blood vessels, and thus, eugenol will ease this pressure and thus ease the pain.

3. Reduce Fever: Lemongrass essential oil can help reduce a fever. Drop a few drops of the oil onto a clean cloth, fold the cloth and place it on the patient's forehead. Alternatively, the oil can be placed in a diffuser in the room of the patient. A tea made from fresh lemongrass can be sipped to reduce fever but do not drink the essential oil.  

4. Ease Diarrhea: Lemongrass tea can help ease diarrhea and does not have the side effects of over-the-counter remedies. Lemongrass essential oil may have benefits in easing diarrhea if it is rubbed gently onto the stomach.

5. Nausea: Lemongrass tea has been known to ease nausea when sipped. Lemongrass essential oil also eases nausea. Mix a few drops with the carrier oil and rub it onto your chest or stomach. The smell will ease nausea. The oil can also be placed in a diffuser or onto a cloth placed next to the patient.  

6. Antioxidant: Lemongrass is a potent antioxidant as it locates and fights free radicals. Placing lemongrass in a diffuser or placing a few drops in your bath water can be beneficial. 

7. Gingivitis: Gingivitis is gum disease. Lemongrass mouth can fight gingivitis and improve one's breath.  

8. Antifungal: Lemongrass oil has strong antifungal properties. It can be used to treat athlete's feet and ringworm. A small amount of oil should be mixed with a carrier oil for the athlete's foot and applied to the affected area. For ringworm, a few drops of the essential oil should be rubbed into the red circle of the ringworm. Be careful not to get the oil on the surrounding skin as the strength of the neat oil may cause irritation. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the oil to the ringworm to prevent spreading the ringworm to other areas. 

9. Acne: Lemongrass essential oil's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial in treating acne. However, the oiliness of the oil can cause complications when treating acne. Wash your face in warm water infused with a few drops of lemongrass essential oil rather than applying the oil directly to the skin. 

10. Improve Cholesterol Levels: Lemongrass has been used for decades to lower cholesterol and manage heart disease. A 2007 study on rats found that lemongrass oil reduced cholesterol in rats that had been fed a high cholesterol diet. The benefits were dependent on the dosage, so more study is needed to determine the exact dosage for humans.  

11. Weight Loss: Lemongrass tea has been found to increase metabolism and thus reduce belly fat. It is unclear if lemongrass essential oil will have the same benefit.  

12. Lower Blood Pressure: Aromatherapy massages using lemongrass oil have been found to lower anxiety and blood pressure.  

13. Anxiety and Stress: Placing lemongrass oil in a diffuser in your room while studying or working can reduce anxiety. Rubbing a small amount of oil on your temples can also help to reduce stress. Combining lemongrass oil with massage has the best results in reducing stress and anxiety. A few drops of oil can be added to a hot bath to reduce stress and anxiety. Just lie back and soak the stress away.

With all the health benefits of lemongrass essential oil, not to mention its wonderful aroma, it is a must-have in your essential oil arsenal. Check out lemongrass essential oil on our online store which is made using natural and authentic ingredients.