Lemongrass

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.

Precautions
Do not use topically on children under age 2 years. Do not use on broken, irritated, or sensitive skin.

Application Methods
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.

Popular Uses
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.

BLENDS WELL WITH
Basil
Cajuput
Cedarwood
Clary sage
Clove
Coriander
Cypress
Eucalyptus
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Lavender
Lemon
Patchouli
Peppermint
Rosemary
Tea Tree
Thyme

SUBSTITUTE WITH
Eucalyptus
Geranium
Lavender
Lemon
Tea tree

HEALING PROPERTIES
Analgesic
Antidepressant
Antimicrobial
Antiseptic
Astringent
Bactericidal
Carminative
Deodorant
Diuretic
Febrifuge
Fungicidal
Insecticidal
Insect repellent
Nervine

IDEAL FOR TREATING
Athlete’s foot
Headache
Jet lag
Jock itch
Nail fungus
Ringworm
Stress
Yeast infection

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