LEMONGRASS

(Cymbopogon citratus) 

Lemongrass is often used to promote healthy digestion as it helps to soothe stomach upsets and ease indigestion. It is an intense essential oil that purifies and revitalises the entire body, making it perfect for those days you need an emotional push.

Aromatic Profile

Much like its name, this essential oil smells both lemony and grassy. It’s fresh and revitalising and can be blended with other such oils like peppermint, tea tree, sweet orange, lemon, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang and bergamot.

Uses

Lemongrass essential oil can be used to help treat varicose veins through increased circulation and can also soothe muscular and joint pains. As an antifungal, it can be used to improve fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm. Lemongrass has proven antibacterial properties which can help treat parasitic infections, lice and scabies. Interestingly, a study showed that the essential oil successfully reduced dandruff when applied in a tonic and could be a natural answer to the problem.

Safety

  • Non-toxic
  • Possible dermal irritation and/or sensitisation in some individuals – use with care
  • A little goes a long way
  • Avoid topical application when pregnant
References


Chaisripipat, W, Lourith, N & Kanlayavattanakul, M 2015, ‘Anti-dandruff Hair Tonic Containing Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Oil’, Complementary Medicine Research, 22(4), pp.226-229, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26566122


Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.


Rose, D 2017, Why Using Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits You, Healthline, <https://www.healthline.com/health/lemongrass-essential-oil>.

 

 

 

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