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CYMBOPOGON CITRATUS, C. FLEXUOSUS
Lemongrass isn’t just a popular kitchen herb; it’s also the source of a versatile essential oil you can use for everything from soothing sore muscles, to keeping bugs from ruining outdoor fun. According to a study published in the Libyan Journal of Medicine, lemongrass exhibits strong antifungal action, even when confronted with a potent strain of yeast (Candida albicans). It also demonstrated strong anti- inflammatory action on irritated skin. The study’s findings concluded that there is significant potential for the use of lemongrass in antifungal and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Do not use topically on children under age 2 years. Do not use on broken, irritated, or sensitive skin.
INHALATION: Mixed into 1 cup of water, 10 to 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil make a refreshing room spray that can help you focus. If adding lemongrass to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: Relieve joint pain by blending 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil with an equal amount of carrier oil.
BATH: Make a soak for sore muscles by blending 20 drops of lemongrass with 2 cups of Epsom salt. Spend 15 to 30 minutes relaxing and you’ll emerge feeling light and refreshed.
A popular ingredient in insect repellents, lemongrass is even used in some commercial brands. Try it for yourself, either using lemongrass on its own or with other insect-repelling essential oils. Lemongrass is a traditional toothache remedy. Try it in mouthwash: Blend 6 drops lemongrass essential oil with 1 cup of water or vodka, and swish with about 2 teaspoons of the solution. Don’t swallow this remedy; spit it out as you would a commercial mouth rinse. Many natural deodorant recipes call for lemongrass. Try it on its own or with other deodorizing essential oils.
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