What Are the Benefits of Lemongrass Oil?

Individuals generally associate the aroma of lemongrass with Malaysian and Thai cooking. The herb and oil have been used for hundreds of years to aide in digestion and soothe the mind.

Lemongrass oil is produced through steam distillation and has gained popularity for it’s highly therapeutic properties, now used Worldwide. In India, lemongrass has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic Medicine; other cultures serve it for a variety of other beneficial uses as well.

Antiseptic Benefits

Lemongrass has antiseptic and diuretic effects on minor infections, numbing them and relieving pain by reducing inflammation. Applications can be made with a small cold compress by adding a few drops of lemongrass oil to water, absorbing the surface with a facecloth and applying to the area for 10 — 15 minutes.

Sedative Effects

The soothing calming effects of lemongrass oil can relax the mind and body when you are stressed. According to renowned manufacturer Aura Cacia, when you are feeling tense, overworked or mentally fatigued from the inability to unwind, add 3 — 4 drops to a bath to greatly decrease the stress.

Use an aromatherapy diffuser to cover larger areas or rooms.

Digestive Aide

Bloating, cramps, or irregular bowel movements can be greatly alleviated with the use of lemongrass oil through abdominal massage. Colorado LMT Carri Reichert states a diluted form of lemongrass oil applied with specific massage techniques to the abdomen, as well as the feet, help reduce muscle and emotional tension and thereby eliminating constipation issues effectively.

Lemongrass oil can be added to a bath for similar effects, simply 3 – 4 drops to a tub of warm water.

*Caution: for sensitive skin, consider doing a patch test. Dab a drop in the crease of the elbow and allow to penetrate the skin for several hours. If redness ensues, rinse with cool water and avoid using the oil.

Muscle Reliever

Lemongrass oil combats muscle aches and pain especially when they are tight or sore from toxic build up of waste products in the tissues. Ms. Reichert states lemongrass in a blended massage oil can be successfully used to warm up muscles prior to a work out by keeping the muscle tissue supple and relaxed at the same time. Massage with the oil after a work out to prevent stiffness and toxic build up.

About this Author

Anne Reichert is a health and wellness advisor promoting stress reduction and coaching personal strength building on multi-dimensional levels throughout her local Boulder, Colo., community with audiences ranging nationwide. Reichert enjoys creative intervention for health and emotional imbalances on a holistic level, with more than 10 years experience as a biofeedback practitioner and stress reduction specialist.