Lemongrass essential oil has a special place in my heart. I have suffered with belly pain for what seems like forever. The past few years have become almost unbearable. I would have abdominal pain and bloating after eating almost anything. I was miserable!
I began to do extensive research to try to figure out what was going on. My symptoms were pretty clearly pointing to a condition called SIBO. After years of heartburn, which required chronic use of prescription medicine, my small intestines were all a mess. This condition is becoming more recognized and there are antibiotics being used chronically to treat it. I dreaded the idea of treating a condition that was caused by chronic medication use by taking different chronic medications.
I began using 1 drop of lemongrass essential oil in water every day. I really stumbled upon this idea while helping my son plan for a high school biology project. I came to learn about the antibiotic properties of lemongrass and decided it was worth a shot.
I am so elated that I did! After about 1 week, I was noticing less and less belly pain and bloating. 3 weeks in and I would call myself healed. I have since cut back to 1 drop of lemongrass essential oil in water every other day. I feel like a normal person and it’s fantastic!
What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?
Lemongrass is a grass that grows happily in warm and humid areas. It has a fresh citrus, lemon-like aroma and flavor which works well in cooking and as a fragrance. Lemongrass is used widely in Asian cuisine and its dried leaves make a light citrusy tea.
Lemongrass has been used as a medicinal herb in its native Southeast Asia and India for a very long time. Its uses range from reducing fever to lowering blood pressure. Studies are being done with today’s scientific standards in place to determine how lemongrass can be used to develop new medicines.
What are the Many Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil?
Reducing Pain: Lemongrass essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The means lemongrass can be used to treat headaches, tired feet, menstrual cramps, joint pain from arthritis and more. Add 4-5 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to a carrier oil and apply to the afflicted area. Or, add a few drops to water to use as a foot soak.
Digestion: Lemongrass has a calming effect on the digestive system. It is used to treat bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Lemongrass can also treat heartburn. Lemongrass is a natural diuretic, prevents to formation of gas, and stimulates bowel movements. These properties cause lemongrass to aid in cleansing the body of toxins resulting in flatter, happier bellies.
Skin Care: Lemongrass oil is a natural antifungal and antiseptic. It can be used to treat topical fungal infections on the skin and nails. It also works great to deeply clean and treat acne afflicted skin by gently removing black heads and helping to heal existing pimples. Lemongrass essential oil has a bright citrusy aroma which works great in skin care products. It can even be used as a natural deodorant. The fresh scent is great and the antibacterial properties keep odor causing bacteria at bay.
Heart Health: Lemongrass essential oil has been studied with regards to its heart healthy benefits. It has been shown to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol. It is also a vasodilator, which means it helps your blood vessels to relax which results in lower blood pressure. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are going to add lemongrass essential oil to your heart health routine.
Cleaning: With all the amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties not to mention an amazingly fresh scent and lemongrass oil is a perfect cleaning agent. It can fight germs and give your home an invitingly clean smell.
Insect Repellent: Lemongrass essential oil is comprised of natural insect repellent compounds. Skip the scary toxic bug repellent spray and mix up and all natural and effective lemongrass oil spray.
What the Studies Show:
Lemongrass essential oil has been around for centuries and has successfully been used in ancient medicine pratices to treat a whole host of issues. Science is starting to take notice and research is being conducted to see how lemongrass fits into todays traditional medicine practice. Lemongrass is being studied for its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It has proven itself as a powerful agent against a host of known fungal and bacterial infections as well as treating inflammation.