A tall, perennial plant, Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavor and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood.
In addition to its unique flavor, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass is an ideal oil to use in massage therapy.
Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook. As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour.
Lemongrass is also known by Cymbopogon, a genus of about 55 species of grasses. Lemongrass grows in dense clumps that can grow 6 feet in height and 4 feet in width. It is native to warm and tropical regions, such as India, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. It is used as a medicinal herb in India and it is common in Asian cuisine. In African and South American countries, it is popularly used for making tea.
Lemongrass essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation of dried lemongrass.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Lemongrass oil?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “lemongrass essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemongrass oil for a massage after a hard workout.
- Use to flavor entrées and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.
- Blends well with Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.
- Dilute oil, then rub or spritz on skin before going outside.
- Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
- Supports healthy digestion when taken in a capsule
- Combine with a carrier oil for soothing massage
- Apply diluted after a long run for a refreshing feeling
Aromatic Description: Citrus, herbaceous, smoky
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaf
Main Constituents: Geranial, neral