Lemongrass, a group of grasses in the genus Cymbopogon, is a perennial plant native to warm climates. The health benefits of lemongrass essential oil are antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, sedative, galactogogue, tonic, carminative, antimicrobial, antidepressant, febrifuge, bactericidal, fungicidal, deodorant, antipyretic and nervine.
Health benefits of lemongrass essential oil in aromatherapy, is one of the best essential oils and aromatherapy oils because of its fresh citrus fragrance. This dark yellow or amber oil is extracted through steam distillation from dried lemon grass.
Lemongrass essential oil is widely used for its aromatic properties. The scent is so relaxing and not painful to the nose. It is being used in spas to help their customers relax and relieve their stress so they would have an even more amazing time at the spa. Lemongrass essential oil may also be diffused into the air or used as aromatherapy in other ways, because, not only does it have physical benefits, it also has psychological benefits. It has been used as a secret aid for those who have trouble getting up in the morning. This is because it is a stimulant. It has a very strong and distinct citrus-like scent, but very different from that of lemon or orange.
Smell this oil if you need to concentrate, clear the mind, or even wake up in the middle of your work day.
In terms of skin care uses, the health benefits of lemongrass essential oil in aromatherapy has been used as an ingredient in many skin care products because of its antibacterial, astringent and antiseptic properties. For example, it can be found in deodorants to prevent excessive sweating and body odor, in lotions to eliminate cellulite, and in creams to sooth broken or inflamed skin. It is also a kind of aromatherapy oil for its pleasing and uplifting effects.
Lemongrass essential oil has powerful pain relieving properties. It helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections like cough, cold, influenza, fever, and various poxes. It helps to alleviate muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles thereby leading to the reduction of pain-related symptoms. It is thus useful for all types of pain including abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, digestive tract spasms, muscle cramps, stomachache and others.
Lemongrass essential oil also helps cure general body pain resulting from strenuous activities and athletics. Lemongrass essential oil is also used in Ayurveda massaging for fortifying the nerves, limbs, muscles and tissues.
This remedy has also been linked to increasing the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue such as cartilage, ligaments and tendons and is thus recommended for these types of injuries.
While lemongrass essential oil can be used to stimulate mental, aromatherapy and physical benefits, individuals should always take caution before using any treatment. Lemongrass oil can irritate a sensitive skin, so care should be taken. It should be avoided in pregnancy, due to it being a possible skin irritant. For a skin-area test, simply apply a small amount of lemongrass oil to a small area of skin. After a 24 hour period, check the tested area to see if any irritation has occurred.