I used to grow lemongrass in my yard in my first house with my hubby. It is incredibly easy to grow and it actually repels insects just by hanging out in your yard – kind of like geraniums. Now that I have dove head first into essential oils I know that it is a very cool plant with healing properties that go beyond tasty flavor in Thai food and keeping mosquitoes away from my porch.
Use this one to help aching muscles and joints – it is great at supporting healthy inflammation response. I have taken it in a veggie cap with frankincense and marjoram to help soothe muscle aches. I really like to diffuse it because it smells nice and fresh. Mix it with bergamot and frankincense to aid in focus and help support a calm mood. Speaking of bugs and diffusing – instead of lighting toxic torches – diffuse lemongrass and enjoy the benefits of lemongrass and keep those bugs away from your BBQ. If you want to cook with it, just add a drop to any Thai dish for a fresh addition (you don’t have to buy an exotic ingredient for one recipe! bonus!).
If you do use this on your skin, make sure you dilute it in FCO and don’t use it in a bath… it will sting! I made that mistake once – oops. Learn from me my friends!
A tall, perennial plant, Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavor and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood. In addition to its unique flavor, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass can soothe sore muscles and joints, making it an ideal oil to use in massage therapy or applied directly to problem areas. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.
- To help soothe sore joints or muscle sprains, combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemongrass oil and rub topically on area of concern.
- Use to flavor entrées and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.
- Combine with Melaleuca and apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.
- Rub or spritz on skin before going outside. Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity