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.

Running Essentials

“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time, especially in the most painful moments.”

I enjoy running. Okay – maybe I should rephrase that sentence. I enjoy running in nice weather, on flat courses, when I am in the “right mood.” I am a picky runner and I am perfectly content with that. I love 5Ks and I can handle 10Ks. However, after my last half marathon, I made a promise to myself that would be my last half-marathon without more than a week’s worth of training.

I struggle with training consistently because my schedule is just a tad crazy right now, so there is always some excuse to go running on a different day. I will be running a 5K in the near future, so tonight I had to have a serious talk with myself and start training. The first day back is always the hardest. My legs started aching about 1/8 of a mile in. Pathetic, right? I have to remind myself that what matters is that I am being active. At this stage in my training, it does not matter how fast I go – all that matters is that I am out there moving.

The wonderful thing about running is that once I get back into it, I remember that even though my body will experience some aches and pains, running makes me feel GREAT.  Living an active lifestyle makes me feel more energized and improves my emotional dimension of wellness. Running reminds me how important it is to set goals and work my hardest to achieve those goals. My first short-term running goal is to be prepared for my upcoming 5K. Baby steps. One day at a time. Progress matters. 

Thankfully, essential oils can be incorporated into your pre-running and post-running routines to improve both the physical and emotional dimensions of wellness.

Before Running:

  • Apply a few drops of Peppermint or the respiratory blend to your chest and/or wrists a few minutes before beginning your run. Peppermint will clear the airways and enhance alertness.
  • Inhale or apply the grounding blend to stabilize emotions and clear the mind of outside thoughts.
  • Did you know Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties? Apply a few drops to your legs to reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Apply 1 drop of Frankincense and 1 drop of Peppermint to the bottom of each foot for energizing and cooling sensations while running.

After Running:

  • There are a variety of essential oils that are wonderful to soothe muscle tension. Apply Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, White Fir, or Frankincense to your calves or other sore muscles to relieve tension.
  • Rehydration is essential! Add 1 drop of Lemon to each 8-ounces of water you drink to benefit from its uplifting and cleansing properties.
  • Take an Epsom salt bath with Lavender to soothe sore muscles and experience ultimate relaxation. If you missed my post on the importance of a detox bath, you can read it here!
  • Cypress supports circulation! Apply a few drops to your legs after running to promote blood flow and reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Blisters? Apply 1 drop each of Lavender, Melaleuca, and Chamomile to speed up the healing process!

What are some of the natural solutions you utilize to enhance your running or workout experiences? I would love to hear your thoughts!