Six main ways Lemongrass Essential Oil can benefit you.
What is Lemongrass?
Lemongrass is a tropical, grassy plant used in cooking and herbal medicine. Extracted from the leaves and stalks of the Lemongrass plant it has a powerful citrus scent.
It has a Fresh Grassy lemon odour with a fresh, crisp, herbaceous, citrusy, and earthy undertone.
The oil predominantly comes from the leaf of the plant.
Its botanical name is Cymbopogon flexuosus and is also known as East Indian Cochin or Malabar grass.
Aldehydes are the predominant constituent of Lemongrass essential oils. Aldehydes are known for their potent fragrance and this is very evident in lemongrass essential oils.
When used in diffusers, aldehydes may reduce the symptoms of stress.
The main two aldehydes are geranial and neral and are known for their soothing effects.
Therefore, Lemongrass oil is considered a soothing oil. Aldehyde is also the main ingredient in Melissa oil and shares similar soothing effects.
Where does it come from?
Lemongrass is predominantly in Southern India, generally by family farmers.
It also can be found in West Indies, Guatemala, Brazil, Congo, Tanzania, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Madagaskar and China.
How is it produced?
Extraction Method: steam distillation
Steam Distillation is the most popular method used to extract and isolate essential oils from plants for use in natural products. The process involves steam vaporising the plant material’s volatile compounds, which eventually go through a condensation and collection process.
THE STEAM DISTILLATION PROCESS
- A large container called a Still, which is usually made of stainless steel, containing the plant material has steam added to it.
- Through an inlet, steam is injected through the plant material containing the desired oils, releasing the plant’s aromatic molecules, and turning them into vapor.
- The vaporized plant compounds travel to the condensation flask or the Here, two separate pipes make it possible for hot water to exit and for cold water to enter the Condenser. This makes the vapor cool back into liquid form.
- The aromatic liquid by-product drops from the Condenser and collects inside a receptacle underneath it, which is called a Separator. Because water and oil do not mix, the essential oil floats on top of the water. From here, it is siphoned off. (Some essential oils are heavier than water, such as clove essential oil, so they are found at the bottom of the Separator.)
What are the benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil?
1. A great way to experience the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil is by using the oil in your diffuser at home. Consider diffusing Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass essential oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. High blood pressure is a common side effect of stress. Many studies have shown that aromatherapy can help ease stress and anxiety. Combining aromatherapy with massage may bring greater benefits. A 2015 study evaluated the effects of lemongrass and sweet almond massage oil during massage. Study participants who received a massage using the oil once a week for 3 weeks had lower diastolic blood pressure than those in the control group. However, systolic blood pressure and pulse rate were not affected.
2.Lemongrass oil emits a refreshing, herbaceous aroma fragrance which it a benefit on its own. You can also enjoy the wonderful aromatic benefits of Lemongrass essential oil by placing a drop in the palm of your hand then rub your hands together. You then inhale gently for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
3.Diffusing Lemongrass essential oil is a natural way to repel insects. The aldehydes in Lemongrass can help keep away mosquitos and bugs. Put some Lemongrass in your diffuser and place it inside or on the deck or rub or spray some on your skin before you go outside.
4.Lemongrass is commonly used for massage due to its soothing effects. These soothing properties combined with the refreshing aroma make Lemongrass essential oil a popular choice for massage therapy. It also holds purifying benefits for the skin, making it a desirable oil to use during massage sessions. If you use Lemongrass essential oil for massage, we recommend you dilute it with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. To enjoy a relaxing and soothing sensation apply the diluted oil to muscles and joints.
5.Applying Lemongrass essential oil where required may be helpful after exercise and physical activity. The soothing properties make it great during the ‘wind down’ after exercise. Try diluting Lemongrass and apply it after a long run for a nice refreshing feeling. Regardless of exercise you choose, Lemongrass essential oil can help soothe the body after the exertion of physical activity.
6.Lemongrass can also be good for your skin. It contains purifying benefits for the skin. It can be used in your routine skin care to help maintain pure, toned skin. You might try adding a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturiser. This can help tone and purify skin. A lesser known benefit, Lemongrass oil can also help enhance the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. Melaleuca also has this characteristic. To experience cleaner, healthier looking fingernails and toenails try combining Lemongrass with Melaleuca essential oil and apply the mixture to these areas.