Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is known as the Oil of Cleansing. This refreshing essential oil encourages individuals to let go of toxic energy and promotes clarity. Lemongrass combat emotions such as despair, darkness, and negative energy. The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with some background information in order to establish a basic understanding of Lemongrass essential oil.

Lemongrass comes from the Gramineae botanical family, which is the fancy, scientific word for grasses. The main chemical constituents found in lemongrass are aldehydesnatural compounds which contain anti-inflammatory and hypotensive properties. The extraction method for Lemongrass essential oil involves the steam distillation of lemongrass. If you are interested in learning more about essential oil extraction, check out my blog post here, which covers the basics of essential oil extraction and the importance of quality.

The most common primary uses for Lemongrass essential oil include the following: airborne bacteria, carpal tunnel syndrome, cholesterol, cramps, bladder infection, diuretic, fleas, hernia, lactose intolerance, mental fatigue, muscular dystrophy, purification, retina (strengthen), sprains, muscle strain, tissue repair, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and wounds. 

If you would like to do some additional research and learn about the studies that have been conducted on the primary uses of Lemongrass, the U.S. National Library of Medicine website is a fantastic resource!

I would also like to include a personal success story about my father. My father struggles with high cholesterol and for years, his doctor had him trying a variety of medications to lower his LDL cholesterol. These medications would somewhat help, but my father had to deal with the various side effects caused by these medications. At the time, I was fairly new to essential oils and my father was extremely skeptical. Let me emphasize extremely skeptical. Despite his uncertainty, he agreed to try a little experiment. Instead of taking his cholesterol medication, he began taking 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily. My father continued eating the same diet and followed his normal exercise routine–the only difference was that he was taking Lemongrass and not a prescription medication. After a few weeks, my dad went in for his appointment and had his blood drawn. To his surprise and his doctor’s, my father’s cholesterol was in the normal range. Lemongrass has allowed my father to naturally regulate his cholesterol (free from side effects)! Lemongrass made my father an essential oil believer.

Lemongrass essential oil can be applied via all three application methods–topical, aromatic, and internal. Topical: Lemongrass essential oil can be applied directly to the skin (or diluted for sensitive skin) on the area of concern or on reflex points. Aromatic: Lemongrass essential oil can be inhaled directly or diffused. Internal: take Lemongrass essential oil using a veggie capsule! Additionally, Lemongrass essential oil can be great in cooking.

Everyday Uses:

  • Ready to ditch the traditional smelly bug repellant? Lemongrass is a natural bug repellant! Check out my DIY Bug Spray recipe here!
  • Are you having trouble studying or focusing on an important task? Add a few drops of Lemongrass and Wild Orange essential oil to your diffuser for the perfect concentration blend!
  • Is there a strange smell lingering in your refrigerator? Put a few drops of Lemongrass on a cotton ball and leave in your refrigerator for natural freshness!
  • Tired of struggling with hypertension or high cholesterol? Take 3 drops of Lemongrass in a veggie capsule daily!

Where do I get most of my information from? The sources I completely rely on and fully trust are Modern Essentials and  Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing. Check out these books if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil!

What are some of your favorite ways to use Lemongrass essential oil? How do you incorporate this essential oil in your daily routine to regulate your emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts!

DISCLAIMER: this website is for general health information only. This content is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health condition or problem. You should not rely on this information for your own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own healthcare provider.

The Basics of Essential Oils

And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

-Revelation 22:2

Essential oils are the unique, aromatic compounds found in plants. These natural extracts come from leaves, stems, roots, barks, flowers, fruits, and seeds. How do essential oils really work? What we perceive as the simple fragrances of plants, are actually the aromatic compounds which provide plants with protective, reproductive, and regenerative properties.  People can also benefit from the chemical constituents of essential oils through aromatic, topical, and internal applications.

The Importance of Quality: Essential oil quality is directly affected by the geographic location of the plant, time of year the plant was harvested, and method of extraction. Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils reflect the same properties of the plants from which they were derived and humans can benefit from the same protective, regenerating, and immune-strengthening properties. Therefore, it is important you only use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils as they will exhibit the chemical constituents of the original plant, maintaining the integrity of the desired plant properties.

A Brief History: Essential oils have been used for centuries by many cultures around the world for a variety of purposes.  Did you know that essential oils are referenced in both ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts? Additionally, essential oils have religious connections as they are mentioned throughout the Bible. If you are interested in learning more about the essential oils mentioned in the Bible, check out this list with specific bible verses!

Extraction Methods: There are two main methods for essential oil extraction – steam distillation and cold expression.

  • The primary method for essential oil extraction is steam distillation. Through this method, the plant material is placed in an extraction chamber and the chamber is infused with steam.  The vaporized water and essential oil will exit the extraction chamber through a cooling system which separates the water (condensed from the steam) and the extracted essential oil. Steam distillation accounts for over 90% of essential oil extraction. This method is effective as essential oils are volatile and hydrophobic. Essentially, this means essential oils are easily evaporated and repel water.
  • The other method, cold expression (or cold pressing), is utilized to extract essential oils from citrus peels and rinds. Citrus essential oils include Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Tangerine!

Okay, okay…I will wrap up my little science lesson. I believe it is critical you have an essential oil foundation before you begin using essential oils.  Gaining some basic knowledge will be immensely beneficial as you begin incorporating your new “oily” friends into your life. However, if you do want to geek out on the science of it all, I highly recommend investing in this bookModern Essentials dives into the nitty gritty details of the chemical constituents and how they work with the human body.

I know you are probably getting excited to learn about the many essential oils available and how they can enhance your life! Trust me, our exploration process will begin soon! But first – I want to make sure we really enhance our knowledge about holistic health and personal empowerment before we jump into playing with the oils.

What are some unique facts you know about essential oils? I would love to hear your thoughts!