Did you know there are many uses and benefits of Lemongrass Oil? It is made by family farmers in Southern India, lemongrass produces a smoky, citrus oil that offers a variety of benefits to the user.
For years, lemongrass has been used in Asian cuisine for soups, teas, curries, and seafood. However, the uses for Lemongrass oil extend far beyond the kitchen. Lemongrass oil is a favorite for massage, offers purifying benefits for the skin, and promotes a positive outlook.
It can also support healthy digestion when used internally. Whether applied topically, used aromatically, or taken internally, the uses and benefits of Lemongrass oil are widely diverse.
Where to Buy Lemongrass Oil
If you are ready to add Lemongrass oil to your essential oil collection you can purchase it here. Each doTERRA essential oil undergoes extensive testing using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® methods, in order to ensure the purity and quality of each bottle of oil. doTERRA can provide a refreshing, pure oil that has been created with extreme care.
Lemongrass Oil Uses and Benefits
1. Did you know that Lemongrass oil can help support healthy digestion? The chemical makeup of Lemongrass includes aldehydes, which are known for their ability to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function.
Add a few drops of Lemongrass to your food or beverages to flavor and provide dietary support. You can also place a few drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule which you can get online at my shop, Life Essentially. You can even combine Lemongrass oil with Peppermint oil in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function.*
2. One way to experience the benefits of Lemongrass oil is by diffusing the oil at home. Use Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness, or eliminate mental fatigue.
Another benefit of diffusing Lemongrass is the refreshing, aroma of the oil. You can place one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and inhale for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
3. The aldehydes in Lemongrass oil also make Lemongrass useful for naturally repelling insects. Diffusing Lemongrass oil or even using it topically can help keep bugs away.
Diffuse Lemongrass oil inside or outside on your porch to keep away mosquitos and bugs. If you are worried about keeping bugs off of your body, rub or spritz Lemongrass oil on your skin before you go outside.
4. Because Lemongrass is a soothing oil, it is commonly used for massage. The refreshing aroma combined with the oil’s soothing properties make it a popular choice for massage therapy.
It also holds purifying benefits for the skin, making it a desirable oil to use during massage sessions. If you use Lemongrass essential oil for massage, dilute it with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil.
5. Possibly one of the most common uses for Lemongrass is in culinary settings. For many years, Lemongrass has been a common ingredient to add flavor to Asian soups, curries, beef, fish, teas, and more.
It is also widely used in baked goods or candies in the food industry because of its distinct flavor. Consider adding a few drops to entrees or meat dishes.
6. Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits for the skin, and can be used in a skin care routine to help promote pure, toned skin. Consider adding a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify skin.
Similar to Melaleuca, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. For instance, combine it with Melaleuca essential oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean.
Chemistry of Lemongrass
Oil Main Chemical Components: Geranial, neral
The chemical makeup of Lemongrass essential oil includes the constituents geranial and neral, which are aldehydes. Typically, aldehydes are known for their distinctly potent fragrances, which is evident in the case of Lemongrass oil.
Aldehydes have many functions within essential oils, including the ability to cleanse surfaces. They can also lessen feelings of stress when diffused. However, essential oils with geranial and neral are particularly known for helping to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when used internally.*
Geranial and neral are also known as soothing aldehydes, which is why Lemongrass and Melissa oil are both soothing oils that share similarities in chemical structure.
Harvesting lemongrass is a labor-intensive process. But for families in Southern India, it has been a way of life for generations. doTERRA chose Southern India as a sourcing location because of the high levels of rain fall in the area. A greater amount of rain fall creates a higher citral content in the lemongrass, which makes it superior for essential oil use.
During harvest time, farmers hike five miles up a steep mountain and work for roughly seven days to harvest a 100-acre plantation. Lemongrass is harvested by hand, using a sickle— which is part of what makes the harvesting process so physically demanding.
Once the lemongrass is harvested and gathered, the farmers walk the five miles back down the mountain, each carrying a lemongrass bundle on top of their head.
After the lemongrass is harvested, it goes through the process of steam distillation. Once distilled, the crude oil is passed on to a manufacturer who produces the Lemongrass oil. While the oil is with the manufacturer, it goes through stages of refining, filtration, and blending. The oil then undergoes a series of tests before it qualifies for export—the oil must be of the highest qu
ality to be acceptable to distribute. Though the process of harvesting and producing Lemongrass oil requires hard labor and attention to detail, this process matches the high standards that doTERRA has for producing quality essential oils.
To learn more about how doTERRA Lemongrass is sourced, watch this video:
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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