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Lemon Grass Oil

Being famed for refreshingly fighting jet lag and cellulite, the lemongrass oil is a fresh smelling essential oil. What more...the oil counters the problem of revitalizing a tired body and mind, along with keeping the family pets free of fleas and ticks. Interestingly, having a lemony and sweet smell, it is dark yellow to amber and reddish in color, with a watery viscosity.

Being a great overall tonic for the body and nervous system, lemon grass oil is known as 'choomana poolu' in India. It is also referred to as 'Indian Verbena' or 'Indian Melissa oil' and used in Ayurvedic medicines to help bring down fevers and treat infectious illnesses. Preventing the spreading of infectious diseases, lemon grass oil is a valuable ingredient in perfumes and citrus-type soaps, and is also an insect deterrent. The oil blends particularly well with citrus oil including basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, fennel, juniperberry, orange, labdanum, oakmoss, benjoin, chamomile, eucalyptus, elemi, sandalwood, ylang ylang, jasmine, lavender, lavandin, tea tree.
 

Oil Extraction
Extracted from Cymbopogon citratus (also known as Andropogon citratus, A. schoenathus - West Indian, Madagascar or Guatemala lemon grass; Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon flexuosus - East Indian, Cochin, British India or native lemon grass), lemon grass oil is a multi-utility oil. Belonging to the Poaceae family, this oil is collected from the fresh or partly dried leaves by steam distillation. The extraction process involves steam distillation of dried lemon grass. Used in countless beverages, lemon grass is very much in use in Chinese and Thai recipes. Thus, it exhibits an immense business scope.

History of Lemon Grass
Providing a multitude of health benefits to the human body and mind, lemon grass is a perennial fast-growing aromatic grass. With

a growth of about 1 meter (3 feet) including long, thin leaves, it was originally grown wild in India. As per some records, the grass is also considered native to Malaysia, consisting of 55 species and having a growth between 3 to 6 feet high. Reportedly, the lemon grass was founded by Michael Mah who was inspired by his mentor Mrs. Boonchoo Pholwatana, who was hailed as the high priestess of Royal Cuisine and as one of the greatest chefs of the world.

Being preferred the world over for its fresh, earthy and lemony fragrance, lemon grass essential oil is simply amazing. Some varieties of this extracted oil are used for candles, perfumes, aromatherapy, and household disinfectants, and as a medicinal herb to help ease depression and nervousness. In Chinese medicine, lemon grass is used in the treatment for headaches, stomachaches, abdominal pain, and rheumatic pain.

 
Applicable Benefits
The main chemical constituents of lemon grass oil or lemongrass oil are myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral and traces of limonene and citral. A multitude of therapeutic properties offered by this oil include analgesic, anti-depressant, antimicrobial. antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, nervous system sedative and tonic.
  • Analgesic: Relieving the pain and inflammation in muscles, joints, toothache, headaches, etc., lemon grass oil proves to be an ideal analgesic. Curing the viral infections like cough & cold, influenza, fever, pox, etc., the oil also helps to cure body pain resulting from sudden exercises, sports, etc.
  • Anti Depressant: It boosts self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength to a beneficial level, uplifts spirit and fights depression. Being extremely helpful for those who are suffering from depression due to failure in career or love, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, someone’s death or any other reason, this essential oil also relieves anxiety.
  • Anti Microbial and Anti Bacterial: Inhibiting microbial and bacterial growth in the body (both internally and externally) with its anti microbial properties, this oil is effective for infections in colon, stomach, urinary tracts, wounds, respiratory system, etc. It also helps cure diseases resulting from bacterial or microbial infections such as typhoid, food poisoning, skin diseases, body odor, malaria (caused due to protozoan), etc.
  • Anti Pyretic: As an anti pyretic agent, lemon grass oil/lemongrass essential oil brings down very high fever when it tends to reach the danger mark.
  • Anti Septic: Applying this oil for healing external as well as internal wounds is certainly effective due to its anti septic properties. For the similar reasons, this oil is also an ingredient of the anti septic lotions and creams.
  • Astringent: Lemon grass oil works as an astringent too, helping in stoppage of blood flow by contraction of blood vessels. As an astringent, it also promotes contraction of gums, hair follicles, muscles, skin and blood vessels, thereby preventing loosening and fall of teeth, hair fall and flow of blood through vessels.
  • Carminative: Being carminative in nature, lemon grass oil can efficiently handle gas trouble. It not only helps to remove gas from intestine, but also stops further gas formation. Moreover, it gives the gases a safe downward passage by relaxing the muscles in the abdominal region.
  • Deodorant: Known to be far better than those synthetic deodorants, this oil serves as an efficient deodorant (in diluted form) without any side effects. The best thing about this is that it is herbal.
  • Diuretic: The diuretic properties of lemongrass essential oil, increases urination, both in frequency and in quantity. This can be very beneficial for health. With urine, fats are lost from the body to the extent of 4% of the volume of urine. So, it is obvious, the more you urinate, the more you lose fat. Then, urination promotes digestion and also does not let gas form. It removes excess water from the body and reduces swelling, etc. Its biggest contribution is that it removes toxins from the body. What’s more, it also reduces blood pressure. That is the reason why most of the drugs for lowering blood pressure induce frequent urination. Urination also helps clean kidneys.
  • Febrifuge: Lemon Grass Oil helps bring down fever by fighting the infections due to which the fever is caused as well as by increasing perspiration.
  • Fungicidal: Lemon Grass Oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to cure fungal infections, both external and internal.
  • Galactogogue: Galactogogue is a substance or an agent that increases formation of milk in the breasts. It also enhances the quality of milk. This property is very helpful for the lactating mothers and the babies. Lemon grass oil is a Galactogogue. Apart from increasing milk, it also helps babies in another way. Babies are prone to infections. The anti microbial and anti bacterial properties of Lemon grass oil are also absorbed in the milk and thus indirectly help the baby get rid of such infections.
  • Insecticidal: Lemon grass is quite popular as an insect repellent due to its insecticidal properties. It kills insects and also keeps them away.
  • Nervine: Lemon Grass Essential Oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system. It helps cure many nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs, nervousness, vertigo, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and convulsions, sluggishness, lack of reflexes, etc. It strengthens nerves and activates them.
  • Sedative: This is perhaps one of the most important and most appreciated medicinal properties of Lemon Grass Oil. It is an excellent sedative. It has a great soothing, sedating and calming effects on mind, cures inflammations, itching of skin and relieves tension and anxiety. This feature can help patients of insomnia too.
  • Tonic: An agent which tones up and boosts health is a tonic. Lemongrass Oil is a tonic in real sense. It tones all the systems functioning in the body, such as respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system and excretory system and facilitates absorption of nutrients in the body, thus providing strength and strengthening immune system.
  • Other Benefits: Helps cure cellulite, fungal infections and digestive problems and reduces excessive perspiration too.

    Few Words of Caution: Usage of lemon grass oil is likely to irritate a sensitive skin and produce other types of irritations too. Hence, it should be avoided during pregnancy, due to it being a possible skin irritant.
 
 
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