Benefits of using Lemongrass Oil

 

History:

Lemongrass and its oil have been used for hundreds of years. It is well known for its herbal and medicinal properties. Back in the day, Indian and Chinese doctors, who were known as the natural healers, used Lemongrass in various ways to help people with their ailments. They used it to treat infectious illnesses and fevers, cold, and rheumatism. The plant was used to cleanse dwellings, used in spiritual cleansing rituals to protect and purify the home against evil, negative energies.

Lemongrass oil has a citrus aroma and lemony flavor. It is used to flavor soups, teas, and other meat, poultry dishes. This essential oil also adds fragrance to homemade cleaners, deodorizers, candles, soaps, and shampoos.

Today, Swiss Mist’s organic Lemongrass Essential Oil has potential medicinal and therapeutic properties. It can be used externally to reduce muscle inflammation, as an insect repellent, and kill bacteria on contact. Using it as a home cleaner helps. Used in foods and soups, it helps with ease of digestion. It is not only an anti-bacterial but an antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic.

Chemical Compounds and Properties: The Lemongrass plant’s biological names are Andropogon Citratus and Cymbopogon Citratus. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant through steam distillation. The chemical compounds extracted are Citral, Geranyl Acetate, Limonene, Myrcene, Farnesol, Nerol, Neral, Citronellal, Geraniol, Terpineol, Dipentene, Methyl and Heptenone.

These naturally derived chemical properties have the power to mitigate fungal and bacterial infections on surface tops and in the air.

Benefits and Uses of Lemongrass Oil:

1. Lemongrass oil is an anti-inflammatory. It helps with relieving sore muscles when used as a massage oil. It can also help alleviate a cramped stomach.

2. It can be used to apply on cuts and wounds. Mix a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil in saline solution to wash and clean wounds.

3. When used in soups and foods along with Ginger Carrier oil, this essential oil can act as an antimicrobial to prevent infections in the urinary tract, stomach, colon, respiratory tube and organs.

4. Lemongrass oil can be used to bring down anxiety levels due to stress caused by work, sorrow, and grief caused due to death of a loved one. It can help uplift human spirits, improve mental strength, levels of tolerance and raise confidence levels. Add a few drops to unlit candles or use in diffusers.

5. The Lemongrass essential oil can be used in moist heat applied through a hot, wet towel on the forehead of a person or child suffering from fever. It can also relieve congestion in the windpipe and infection in the lungs if added to green tea or regular hot tea.

6. Viral infections like the cold, influenza, can be reduced by inhaling Lemongrass essential oil in a hot vapor steam inhalation.

7. Using lemongrass oil in foods and soups helps with increased urination. This helps the user lose fat through urine. About 4% of the urine volume is composed of fats. And urinating frequently keeps your kidney and bladder healthy, as urine cleanses out your body by removing toxins.

8. The oil from Lemongrass can be used to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm infections.

9. Adding 20 to 30 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to 24 or 32 oz of water can make the resulting spray an effective insect repellent.

10. Pour 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil on your palm and rub both your palms together, then inhale it gently. This will help your senses revive and make you more alert to your surroundings.

11. Inhaling Lemongrass oil can help calm your body, lower stress levels, and stimulate your nerves.

12.  Adding a few drop of Lemongrass essential oil to tea can help with reducing menstrual cramps for women.

13. Lemongrass essential oil can be added to body wash, shampoos, or in a tub for a relaxing, hot water soak. This oil helps fight skin infections and keep your skin looking young.

14. Strengthen your hair follicles by mixing a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like Coconut oil to make your hair roots vibrant and healthy.

15. Adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily tea will help you produce anti oxidants which will help your body fight cancerous cells by strengthening your immune system and antibodies for other infections.

16. Inflammation caused by Arthritis, Diabetes, Nerve disorders, unhealthy Cholesterol levels, Cardiovascular disease and other health issues, can be mitigated when you rub 3 drops of Lemongrass oil over the affected area.

Precaution: Using Lemongrass oil without proper directions or applying it to users with sensitive skin or babies is not advised. If you must use Lemongrass essential oil make sure the recipient does not get affected by it. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, at all times. Wash your hands before and after use of all types of essential oils. Make sure your family members are not allergic to the smell and flavors of Lemongrass oil before you use it in soups or dishes. Always, perform a skin patch test before you apply it fully. Sensitive skin users have to be extra careful with the use of essential oils. Pregnant women and people with medical conditions have to use essential oils with caution or not use it at all.

Health Benefits Of Clove Oil

Clove oil has some amazing health benefits.

Infections: Clove oil has antiseptic properties, it can be used for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat rash, and certain injuries. It is also used for treating insect bites and stings. It is very strong in nature and should not be used by people with sensitive skin.

Dental care: Clove oil’s use in dental care is unparalleled. The germicidal properties of this oil make it very effective for alleviating dental pain, toothache, sore and puffy gums and mouth ulcers. It contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would disappear in a few days. Clove oil is added to numerous dental products, like mouthwash and toothpaste and medications. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal. Clove oil is very strong and can cause burns inside your mouth if used incorrectly. Take caution!

Recent studies on clove oil have shown it is being used as a soothing balm on infants who are teething.  Extremely diluted clove oil can be applied to a baby’s gums. The antiseptic and soothing qualities of this oil can ease their pain and reduce discomfort.

Skin care: Clove oil is recommended for skin care, especially for those suffering from acne. The oil can be diluted with any carrier oil and spread using a clean soft cloth. Clove oil has been found to help rejuvenate skin health by lessening the effects of aging, wiping out wrinkles, tightening sagging skin, and area rejuvenation for weak and tired, baggy eyes. Massaging the diluted clove oil into the skin can gradually increase blood flow to unhealthy skin areas on the face and make it look young and fresh.

Immune system: Both clove and clove oil help boost the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increase resistance of the human body to diseases. The antioxidants in clove essential oil rid the body of dangerous free radicals that cause many types of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Reduce Stress: Clove oil is an aphrodisiac of sorts. It serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and helps remove fatigue and mental exhaustion caused by stress. When ingested in measured amounts, it refreshes the mind and stimulates brain function. It is great at inducing sleep and is helpful for those suffering from insomnia. It is useful for treating neural disorders such as memory loss, depression, and anxiety.

Headache: Clove oil, mixed with salt and applied on the forehead gives a cooling effect and provides relief from headaches. Clove oil has many flavonoids in it, which are anti-inflammatory agents. When topically applied to the temples or neck areas, these flavonoids will ease the tension that brings headaches. Clove oil is used as a pain reliever on joints and sore muscles, to relieve painful inflammation or swelling.

Respiratory problems: Clove oil has a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, and helps clear the nasal passage. It provides treatment for various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud is recommended to soothe sore throats.

Sty: Clove and clove oil are very effective home remedies for treating sty. Sty is an inflammation on the eyelash and can be a very irritating and painful condition. Sty is painful and causes difficulty in the proper functioning of the eye. Clove oil has also been shown to be preventative of other eye infections due to its antibacterial qualities.

Earache: Warm clove oil and sesame oil mixture is a good remedy for earaches.

Indigestion: Clove oil has been effectively used for treating stomach-related problems, hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Clove is an important spice added to Indian dishes to help with ease of digestion.

Nausea: Clove oil helps reduce nausea and vomiting,  pregnancy-related morning sickness and discomfort. Using it for aromatherapy or applying it to pillows at night for long-term inhalation can result in peaceful sleep.

Blood circulation: Clove oil increases body’s metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature. Better blood circulation means a reduction in tension of the blood vessels, that causes tension headaches. Rich blood circulation helps oxygenate the blood and make for healthier organs, that increases metabolism and raises organ functions. In diabetics, increased blood flow can help prevent some of the dangerous side effects that can lead to major complications, amputations, and even death. Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove essential oil causes better blood circulation.

Blood purification: Clove oil helps purify the blood. The aroma extracts can reduce toxicity in the blood and stimulate antioxidant activity in the body, boosting the immune system and purifying platelets.

Premature ejaculation: Research has indicated that clove can be useful for treating premature ejaculation. Topical application of diluted clove oil on the outside of the male organ 30 minutes prior to sexual activity can help achieve control over ejaculation gradually.  Further research needs to be carried out to confirm these results.

Regulate Blood Sugar Levels: Clove oil helps control the blood sugar levels in diabetics. Studies show that postprandial insulin and glucose response mechanisms are more regulated when clove oil is ingested in measured amounts added to tea or drink. The phenol concentration found in clove oil is in the highest in terms of spice plants.