Lemongrass or lemon grass is not only a delicious seasoning and an addition to drinks, curries and soups in Caribbean and Asian cuisine, as well as the main component of traditional African tea, but also a source of amazingly fresh and unique in terms of its properties, essential oil. A perennial plant from the category of cereals, known worldwide as lemon sorghum, has been used since ancient times for air disinfection, preparation of refreshing drinks, as a restoring force and carrying healing from ailments of seasoning. Essential oils are very easily released from the juicy stalks of lemongrass and their high concentration largely explains the active tonic effect of lemongrass in fresh or dry form, but the oil that is distilled from dry grass is the most healing effect.
Characteristics of Lemongrass Essential Oil
To prepare the essential oil from lemon grass, two types of plants are used - West Indian and East Indian lemon sorghum, which are completely interchangeable, but differ in shades of smell.
Externally, the oil is easily recognizable by amber or yellow. If the East Indian lemongrass is distinguished by a very fresh, bright, lemon-grassy odor with an active earthy nuance, then the West Indian lemongrass is a lighter, more delicate aroma with the same base, but with a hint of lemon peel and violet.
Essential oils that combine well with a pulsating and rather harsh, albeit refreshing, aroma are not so easy to pick up. Lemongrass aromatic oil combines well with essential oils of frankincense, ylang-ylang, anise, myrtle, ginger, jasmine, naioli and bitter orange.
Influence on the emotional sphere
The refreshing, fervent and tonic character of lemon grass aroma oil is also fully manifested in the emotional sphere. Lemongrass oil eliminates the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue, weakness, increases mental activity and concentration, improves memory and performance.
This is a bright and fresh oil that helps to adapt to any conditions, fill the deficit of emotions, overcoming apathy and passivity. Lemon sorghum is an optimistic oil that improves mood and activity, while at the same time stimulating concentration, speed of reactions and the ability to make decisions.
This is an ideal choice for those who need to overcome secrecy, to understand social connections and for their own purposes. It is believed that lemongrass diverts failure from a person.
In the erotic sphere, it stimulates activity, increases stamina and energy.
Application in cosmetology
Lemon sorghum oil is ideally suited for the care of porous and oily skin: in tanning and cleansing products, its tonic, refreshing effect is more appropriate than ever, because lemongrass oil brightens the pores, helps to reduce them, while affecting the relief and promoting deep transformation of the skin structure.
With spot-on application, this exotic oil has a therapeutic effect in acne, infectious skin lesions, and various inflammatory processes. This is the most effective oil to combat blackheads (comedones), which helps to eliminate toxins, restore elasticity, deeply moisturize, improve the functioning of the lymphatic system and restore tissue.
Due to the active regeneration, lemongrass oil actively affects cellulite, and also reduces hair fat and greasy scalp. Among the group of refreshing oils, the effect of complex therapy for fungal infections, skin lesions, scabies and dermatitis is most pronounced in lemon sorghum. Lemongrass oil is also recommended for fungal skin lesions.
The bright antiseptic effect of lemongrass oil contributes to the fight against infectious diseases, not only with skin infections and lesions. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect is quite pronounced with laryngitis, herpes and sore throat.
Essential oil from lemon grass has a general invigorating effect on the body, giving a bright energy impulse to the nervous system, stimulating the functioning of the glands and promoting the efficient functioning of smooth muscles and digestive organs, increasing appetite and forcing to forget about such problems as heaviness, flatulence, colitis.
Lemongrass oil perfectly relieves headache and muscle pain, while stimulating blood circulation, increasing muscle elasticity and promoting accelerated elimination of lactic acid. It actively affects metabolic processes, allows you to cope with dizziness, darkening in the eyes, hypotension, weakness, accelerates recovery from prolonged illnesses and general exhaustion.
Using oil from lemon sorghum they prevent the development of varicose veins, quickly eliminate catarrh of the nasal passages.
In the domestic sphere, lemon grass can be used to disinfect rooms, household items, water (until the so-called complete sterility).
This is an excellent anti-pediculant, an antidote that relieves of all unpleasant symptoms after insect bites, but at the same time it retains the ability to deter cockroaches, ticks, fleas and other insects, like all oils with hints of lemon flavor.
Lemongrass oil can not be used throughout pregnancy, applied to sensitive and dry skin, used continuously for more than 2 weeks or for children under the age of seven. Hypertension, a tendency to increased irritability, glaucoma and prostate problems are also contraindications to the use of this essential oil.
The sharp, fresh and vibrant aroma of lemongrass belongs to the pulsating smells that, if inhaled, can cause short-term hoarseness, perspiration, and voice disturbance. After application to the skin, not only redness is observed, but also a burning sensation, up to an unpleasant burning, for sometimes even 5 minutes. Tightening effect is noticeable on dry skin.
Lemongrass oil is used in moderate dosages:
- Only 1 drop is used for aroma pendants.
- For aromatization of premises - 2, at the end of the second week - 4 drops.
- For a massage of 15 grams of massage oil, just add 3 drops of lemon grass.
- To clean and narrow the pores - 10 drops of wheat germ oil are added with 7 drops of lemongrass, applying for 5 minutes and then always washing with vegetable soap, rinsing your face with water, adding a drop of rosewood oil and applying cream with jojoba and 3 drops daisies and petitgrain.
- To disinfect household items, add 10 drops of lemon grass essential oil to a glass of water.