Lemongrass

Lemongrass
Cymbopogon flexuosus

Botanical Family: Gramineae (grasses)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves

Common Primary Uses: Air Pollution, Airborne Bacteria, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cholesterol, Cramps/Charley Horses, Cystitis/Bladder Infection, Diuretic, Edema, Fleas, Frozen Shoulder, Gastritis, Grave’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, Hernia (Incisional), Hernia (Inguinal), Improve Vision, Lactose Intolerance, Lymphatic Drainage, Mental Fatigue, Muscular Dystrophy, Paralysis, Purification, Retina (Strengthen), Sprains, Strain (Muscle), Tissue Repair, Urinary Tract Infection, Varicose Veins, Whiplash (Ligaments), Wounds

Common Application Methods: Lemongrass oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply to reflex points or directly on area of concern.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, insect repellent, revitalizer, sedative, tonic, and vasodilator.

Historical Uses: Lemongrass has been used for infectious illnesses and fever, as an insecticide, and as a sedative to the central nervous system.

French Medicinal Uses: Bladder infection (cystitis), connective tissue (regenerates), digestive system, edema, fluid retention, kidney disorders, lymphatic drainage, parasympathetic nervous system (regulates), varicose veins, vascular walls (strengthens).

Other Possible Uses: Lemongrass oil may help with circulation, improving digestion, improving eyesight, fevers, flatulence, headaches, clearing infections, repairing ligaments, waking up the lymphatic system, getting the oxygen flowing, respiratory problems, sore throats, tissue regeneration, and water retention.

Body System(s) Affected: Immune System, Muscles and Bones.

Aromatic Influence: Lemongrass promotes awareness and purification.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Lemongrass oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Can cause extreme skin irritation.

Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.

Blends With: Basil, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, melaleuca, and rosemary.