Possessing a fragrant and uplifting scent, lemongrass oil has both internal and external applications. Good for general aches and pains, lemongrass oil can be massaged into sore joints and muscles. Used in aromatherapy, lemongrass oil is a natural antidepressant that has relaxing and sedative qualities.
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Historically, lemongrass oil has been used in a variety of ways to treat a number of ailments. A drop of lemongrass oil was placed on a sugar cube and given to patients to cure digestive complaints such as vomiting and gastric irritability. Applied topically, lemongrass oil has been used to treat ringworm, kill skin fungus and ease joint pain. Ancient civilizations also used lemongrass oil in food flavorings, cosmetics, perfume and incense.
For the Skin
The natural antiseptic properties of lemongrass oil make it ideal to help heal wounds. As it is also a natural antibacterial, lemongrass oil can help prevent infections when applied topically to broken skin. Lemongrass oil can even be used as a natural deodorant. Much like citronella, lemongrass oil is a natural insect repellant. For this purpose, it can be added to carrier oil and massaged into the skin or it can be mixed with water to mist on the skin before going outside. People who have sensitive skin should avoid applying lemongrass essential oil directly to the skin as it is likely to cause irritation.
To ease pain in the joints or from a muscle sprain, combine equal parts of coconut oil and lemongrass oil and massage into the affected area. It can also be made into a salve by melting 1 cup of olive oil, beeswax and lanolin and adding 10 mL of lemongrass oil to the mixture. Its natural analgesic properties relieve arthritis pain by reducing inflammation.
Add a few drops of lemongrass oil to a bowl of steaming hot water for a steam inhalation treatment. Breathing in the aroma of lemongrass oil is useful in many ways. Its citrusy fragrance is a natural mood lifter that helps relieve depression and anxiety. Lemongrass essential oil used in aromatherapy can help relieve sadness from many situations such as loneliness or when a loved one has passed away.
Although more commonly ingested in an herbal tea form, lemongrass oil can also be taken internally in very small amounts. As it is very potent, it must be diluted in a beverage such as water or tea and only a couple of drops should be taken at a time. Though most commonly used internally for digestive complaints, lemongrass oil can help bring down a fever and work as a natural diuretic. Women who are pregnant should not use lemongrass essential oil internally or externally.