Lemongrass essential oil is often used in aromatherapy, as it has a number of benefits. The aroma is very fresh and uplifting. The oil is extracted from the plant by the steam distillation method.
The oil has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine to treat fevers, colds, and rheumatism but is used all over the world for a number of other conditions.
The color of lemongrass oil varies from a pale to a vivid yellow depending on the species of plant used, as there are several.
The scent is not as long-lasting as lemon verbena, so it is not frequently used by perfumers, although it does blend very well with several other oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus.
It has natural anti-microbial properties, is an antiseptic, and can be used to bring about pain relief.
Lemongrass essential oil can be used in a number of ways:
- A few drops of the oil can be used in a vaporizer or on a light bulb ring as an air freshener.
- Inhaling the oil this way can also help to ease the symptoms of depression and stress, and at the same time it is very relaxing without making you drowsy. The scent of the oil can also help to revive, so it is useful on long journeys and for concentration.
- Oil of lemongrass is frequently used in skin care creams and lotions, as it is particularly good for oil control and skin that is prone to acne. It can also be added to hair care products to give added shine to hair and help control oil levels. A few drops of lemongrass oil can also be added to a bowl of hot water for a cleansing facial steam. Lemongrass is also very toning for the skin and can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by tightening the skin.
- Lemongrass oil can be used in a spray or diluted into carrier oil and massaged into the pulse points as an insect repellent.
- Lemongrass in a cream or carrier oil can help to eliminate fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. A few drops of the oil can also be added to bathwater to help with this condition.
- When diluted into carrier oils it can be used to massage areas affected by conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism in order to relieve the pain.
- A massage with lemongrass can also be of benefit to those suffering from cellulite. The oil will also encourage the body to rid itself of excess water.
- Oil of lemongrass can be taken internally, but this is rare, and lemongrass tea is more commonly used instead. If using the oil, dilute no more than two drops in a glass of water. This can help with digestive disorders such as the build-up of gas in the digestive tract.
Those with very sensitive skin should take care when using lemongrass essential oil as it may cause a reaction, though if used as directed and diluted properly there should be no problem. Those who are pregnant should avoid using the oil.
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