Benefits of Lemongrass Oil

01/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles

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What is the Genus Species? Cymbopagon flexuosus

Why is this information important? There are over 50 different species of Lemongrass as well as several different chemotypes.

Many of the species are not suitable for internal or medicinal use. So always make sure that you purchase essential oil through both the common name and the genus species!

A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

Where is the name derived from? The oil of lemongrass smells like a lemon and therefore the grass was given the name Lemongrass!

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Herbs/Leaves

What is the ORAC Value? 1,780 µTE/100g

Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,260; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that in traditional Chinese Medicine lemongrass has been used to treat stomach pain, rheumatism, headaches and colds for thousands of years?

What are the Plant Properties? Antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, insect repellent, sedative, tonic, vasodilator (dilates blood vessels), improves circulation, promotes lymph flow, regenerator and revitalizer.

What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Lemongrass ? Respiratory and sinus conditions, infections (clears, bladder, kidney), regenerates connective tissue and ligaments, high cholesterol, digestive problems, fluid retention (edema), regulates parasympathetic nervous system, essential oils lymphatic system detox, varicose veins, strengthens vascular walls.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its pungent and earthy aroma heightens psychic awareness, and purifies the mind.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Lemongrass releases resentment, regret from the “should of” statements and pessimism by transforming these negative energies into positive energies. It allows the left brain to see options, so once the negative energies are released, optimism, courage and hope prevails.

Lemongrass also protects our auric field from electromagnetic energy (TV, computers, radio). So it would be a good one to wear at the airport when are bodies are bombarded with these energies!

What Chakra is Affected? Solar plexus chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 20:80 dilution (one part essential oil: four part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Inhale
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can this oil be used for Animals? Yes, definitely use it for ligament and tendon conditions or injuries. There is nothing better that is naturally available. And it also repels insects!

repels insects! So make your own insect repellent too!

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils when wanting healing results!

One of the benefits of lemongrass oil is that it is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). However this oil can cause extreme skin irritation therefore, dilution is highly recommended. Children under 18 month of age should not use this oil.

Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that lemongrass essential oil contains 67% aldehydes? Aldehydes give oils some of the best fragrances known to the perfume and cologne industry! Chanel No 5 is a blend of synthetically made aldehydes.

Did you know that Citronella and Palmarosa are also in the same family as lemongrass? While they have different therapeutic purposes, they do share some plant properties. Can you tell which ones?

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Lemongrass Oil?

Get it at our store www.nbodyshop.com/store. If you have the time, do check out the range of other Essential Oils that we offer.

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