The herb that we are talking about today is normally used as a cooking herb. In Malaysia, India, other Asian countries, and all over the world lemongrass is used to flavor delectable dishes. But, few people realize that lemongrass can be a medicinal herb as well. In fact, in the world of aromatherapy, lemongrass is a well-known essential oil, and is used for a variety of ailments.
The scientific name for lemongrass is “Cymbopogon citrates”, and the essential oil is derived by steam distillation, as are most essential oils. This particular essential oil has a very mild, lemony aroma. It is native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, apparently, but now is grown in a few other places as well. There are a couple other types of lemongrass, but the one I have mentioned here is the one used for medicinal purposes. Lemongrass is a fairly inexpensive essential oil, so it is often used in place of some of the more expensive ones, and gives a similar curing and relieving action.
Lemongrass oil is very antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal, which is why it is so great for infections like athlete’s foot. It also can help with those who suffer from too much perspiration, and helps to avoid that inevitable embarrassment that accompanies people who are plagued with such complaints.
For your skin, lemongrass is great for acne and other inflamed types of skin complaints. Those who have complaints due to aging skin will like the results they get with lemongrass. Lemongrass is even known for its beneficial action against stretch marks, and saggy skin. Oily skin will generally not be able to get one over on you either, and for those who suffer more difficult skin problems, lemongrass will probably be able to take care of that as well. In fact it is even known to help with that horrible infliction, scabies! Since lemongrass is so detoxifying, those who suffer from cellulite will often notice a lot of difference when lemongrass oil is used in a blend as a massage oil.
For those who suffer from gas or indigestion, lemongrass will certainly help to set your digestive system straight. People who suffer from colitis will benefit from the use of lemongrass. It can also help with diarrhea, and for those who suffer from nausea and vomiting, it is great. It is even known for its use with gastroenteritis.
If you suffer from muscle aches and pains, then lemongrass alone, or even better a synergetic blend of more than one essential oil will be just what the doctor ordered.
Lemongrass is good for the circulation, and for those who suffer from circulatory problems will find that lemongrass oil in a base can be rubbed directly over the offending area, for practically instant relief.
Lemongrass is great for those who are suffering from an overly stressful life, and will help to relax. Even those suffering from complete nervous exhaustion can benefit from the powers of lemongrass.
New breastfeeding mothers who are having problems with a lack of milk can use lemongrass in order to help increase the milk flow in a gentle way, and the extra added benefit of that will be that your baby will be calmer, and more relaxed, in addition to the side benefit of having a baby with little likelihood of intestinal colic.
Also, for you ladies out there who suffer from irregular menstruation, lemongrass is great for regulating the system, and bringing everything back into order.
Just as citronella, lemongrass is also great for keeping those pesky bugs at bay! And if you are going on a camping trip in the woods, then there is nothing better than citronella, and lemongrass is a good substitute for citronella if it isn’t available. In fact, many people use lemongrass oil on their animals and small pets in order to keep the fleas, lice, and ticks at bay too! And, you can always be sure that your pet will be sweet-smelling when using lemongrass oil!
People who suffer from fever, and those who are prone to getting headaches, will like the effects of lemongrass. It not only relieves the complaint, but also helps in a very subtle manner. In addition to that it is good for colds and the flu. It is also great for getting rid of laryngitis.
Lemongrass oil is not only aromatically pleasing, but also helps with a host of medical and beauty complaints as well. Keeping some lemongrass herb in your kitchen will definitely enhance your culinary experience, but having some lemongrass essential oil in your medicine chest, will make you a happier, healthier person!