Essential Oil of the Week: Lemongrass!

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The lemongrass essential oil is extracted from dried lemongrass, which originated in South east Asia and is now grown all over the world. Due to its origins in Asia, it has been incorporated into Chinese medicine and Chinese and Thai cuisine for its sweet smell and taste which makes it more tolerable than the ever-so-sour lemon. Through-out the world, people drink lemongrass tea and also use the plant in perfumes, cosmetics and insect sprays

Benefits of lemongrass

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles so is essential a natural anti-inflammatory.

Anti-depressant: the stimulating scents of essential oils typically assist in uplifting your emotions, and lemongrass in particular can help increase confidence, energy and self esteem using its sweet and smooth scent.

Anti-bacterial: May assist in killing bacteria by inhibiting microbial growth both internally of the body and externally.

Relieves headaches: A study by Griffith University in Australia discovered that lemongrass serves as an effective remedy for migraines, as it has been used for centuries by Australian Aboriginals for that purpose.

Diuretic: Lemongrass increases urination which is a vital function for the body. Not only does it remove waste, but it helps to remove fat and toxins from the body and also promotes a healthy digestive system.

Muscle relaxant: Lemongrass has been used for centuries as a muscle relaxant and may be useful in the treatment of sports injuries. It may also help in eliminating cramps, sprains and muscle spasms as the oil works to improve blood circulation.

Anti-cancer agent: Although this has not been confirmed, lemongrass is said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and serves as a natural anti cancer agent. Hopefully more research will be done with regards to its actual ability to reduce and prevent the growth of cancer cells.

Pure Lemongrass Essential Oil can be found here.

 

 

 

References: 

http://www.gourmetgarden.com/en/herb/198/lemongrass

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lemongrass-essential-oil.

http://growyouthful.com/remedy/lemongrass.php#cancer-treatment