Not surprisingly, the aroma of lemongrass essential oils has been described as slightly fruity, lemon-like, and fresh. The oils themselves have a thin consistency and are derived through steam distillation from dried lemongrass. Though similar to lemon, the aroma is markedly less sour, sweeter, and milder. The grass itself has been used in the culinary world as a flavoring agent for its potency and, particularly, when actual lemons are not available. In desserts and beverages (such as tea) it is extremely popular. Those wishing to experiment or those experienced with the blending of essential oils may wish to try spruce, pine, nutmeg, sweet marjoram, lavender, grapefruit, fir needle, citronella, carrot seed, or bergamot.
OVERALL BENEFITS OF LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OILS
- Can assist in body detoxification due to the fact that they increase urination, thereby helping the kidneys cleanse themselves
- Have been known to rid the body of excess flatulence, thereby providing relief from gas pain
- For both external and internal wounds, work well as an antiseptic
- Can bring down a high fever through their antipyretic properties
- May inhibit bacterial and microbial growth in the body
- Useful for lactating mothers (only under a doctor’s guidance) for increasing quality milk production
- May reduce inflammation and pain in teeth, joints, and muscles
USES FOR LEMONGRASS ESSENTIAL OILS
Thailand and China have used lemongrass in recipes for centuries and, to this day, it still fetches an attractive price on the market. Fortunately, when this plant grows, it spreads rapidly, making it easily available. Those wishing to blend their lemongrass essential oils with oils other than those listed above can try tea tree, lavandin, jasmine, geranium, coriander, cedarwood, or basil. Lemongrass has been useful in reducing excessive perspiration and as an assist in the treatment of digestive problems, fungal infections, and in combating cellulite.
Individuals who have easily irritated skin may experience discomfort from the use of these essential oils. Always keep them away from your eyes and if you are pregnant, consult with your physician before using.