Lemongrass essential oil, which is originally from India, is a multitalented gift from nature that has many medicinal, cosmetic, and emotional uses. Some may recognize lemongrass as the scent in Ivory soap. Lemongrass has been used for improving circulation, improving digestion, repairing ligaments, and tissue regeneration. If you haven’t had the chance to experience lemongrass, I highly suggest you do. Its aroma is beautifully intoxicating, which makes it one of the ten best-selling essential oils in the world (Keville, 2009).
Lemongrass essential oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties making it an excellent oil to use for a variety of medical conditions. Lemongrass has been used for fighting urinary tract infections, lymphatic drainage, and for edema.
Lemongrass can cause skin irritation, so if you’re going to use it topically, please do a patch test on the inside of your arm. It’s a good idea to use a carrier oil when you’re using lemongrass on your skin and not neat (without dilution). Lemongrass is wonderful for oily skin, hair, acne, skin infections, has deodorant properties, and has even been effective on ringworm.
Lemongrass essential oil has a sedating and soothing effect, which is great for stress and nervousness. Two other notable uses of lemongrass are for psychic awareness and purification.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Profile
Botanical Name – Cymbopogon flexuosus
Botanical Family – Gramineae (grasses)
Plant Origin – India, Guatemala
Cosmetic Use – Oily hair, acne, skin infections
Skin Types – Suitable for all skin types.
Aromatic & Emotional Effects – Helps raise psychic awareness, reduces stress, and sedating
Medical Properties – Analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic
Key Constituents – Geranial, neral, farnesal, geraniol, borneol, nerol, linalol, citronellol
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