Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus) is not typically one you hear a lot about. You might see it listed in the ingredient section of a natural product but you don’t typically hear people discussing its benefits.
I’m not sure why this is the case. Lemongrass essential oil is one powerful oil with a lot to offer. Let’s learn a little more about it shall we?
First, just because the word “lemon” is in the name, doesn’t meant that this oil smells lemony. In fact, it has a sweeter scent that is typically more appealing than lemon. Lemongrass is often used as the “lemon scent” in products since it has a more subtle scent.
Lemongrass is a tall, aromatic, perennial, fast-growing (3 ft. or more in height) grass that was commonly used and found in Sri Lanka, India, and Southeast Asia. Known as “fever grass” the essential oil is steam distilled from the finely chopped, fresh or partly dried grass (usually two crops a year).
As I mentioned, Lemongrass is a powerful oil with a lot of health and healing properties. Here are just some of the benefits of this oil:
Analgesic: Lemongrass essential oil helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections like cough, cold, influenza, fever, and various poxes. It also helps cure general body aches due to overexertion and exercise.
Antimicrobial and Antibacterial: Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties which makes it an inhibitor of microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally. It has been known to work wonders during bouts of food poisoning.
Digestion Aid: Consumption of Lemongrass essential oil improves digestion and eases bowel movements in case of constipation. It also helps in easy digestion and absorption of fats.
Fever Reducer (Anti-pyretic): Lemongrass essential oil can bring down a fever when it is beginning to reach dangerous levels. Typically it is used in teas or compresses for this purpose.
Fungicidal: Lemongrass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections, both external and internal.
Gas reliever (Carminative): Lemongrass essential oil helps to remove gas from the intestine, but also stops further gas from forming.
Lactation Enhancer: Lemongrass essential oil is a galactogogue (substance that increases the formulation of milk). Apart from increasing milk production, it also helps babies in another way. Babies are prone to infections, so the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of Lemongrass essential oil are also absorbed in the milk and thus indirectly help the baby avoid such infections.
Muscle Relaxer: The most important health benefit of Lemongrass oil is its ability to calm and relax the muscles. Its analgesic and sedative properties are extremely useful for pain relief from ailments like headaches, migraines, menstrual cramps and muscle strains. It provides relief from jet lag and stress.
Nerve Tonic: Lemongrass essential oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system in general. It helps cure many nervous disorders and strengthens the nerves throughout the body and stimulates them.
Lemongrass essential oil is also a powerful antiseptic agent, antidepressant, astringent, cellulite reducer, diuretic, deodorant, insecticide, perspiration reducer, and sedative. Interesting essential oil? You probably want to go out and get yourself some. Remember that this is just an overview! Do lots of research and then decide how best to use it!
Don’t forget, I use lots of luscious lemongrass in my Lavender Lemongrass Soap bar! Be sure to give that a try!