Lemongrass is a perennial plant that’s native to the Eastern subtropical regions of the world, like India, Cambodia, China, and more. It’s used often in the culinary world for its earthy, yet fresh, taste - what some would describe as an “earthy-lemon”, hence the name! While it’s used in food all the time, the oils yielded by the plant are highly therapeutic and are used around the world for a variety of conditions and ailments.
1. Use a few drops in a “steam facial”. One way to help care for your face, to open up your pores and stay moisturized, is to create your own “steam facial” with a bowl of hot water, a towel, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil! All you need to do is fill a bowl with hot water, and drape the towel over the back of your head. From there, drip a few drops of lemongrass oil into the bowl of water, and hover your face over the bowl for up to a few minutes. Once finished, gently wash your face with warm water, and apply a light layer of lotion or coconut oil to stay moisturized! Voila!
2. Rub on your temples for headache relief. Due to the chemical properties of lemongrass, headaches related to allergies or hormones, as well as tension and stress, can potentially be alleviated by rubbing a few drops into your temples at the first sign of a headache. Simply drip a few times into the palms of your hands, rub around gently on the pads of your fingers, and massage lightly on the temples. From there, simply drink fluids and feel the relief!
3. Massage onto pain-affected areas of the skin and joints. Rather than just put up with joint and muscle pain, put an end to it with a lemongrass essential oil massage! Mix a handful of drops into a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil, and gently massage affected areas like the knees, as well as muscle groups like the shoulders and back. Lemongrass is known to reduce inflammation as well as provide pain relief, which makes it a great way to get over those annoying pains!
4. Say “goodbye” to stinky feet! Stinky feet are gross, but let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. For some folks, Athlete’s foot is a real problem, and it’s a very difficult problem to solve. Because it’s caused by fungal infection, it’s a hard thing to get rid of, however, with the antifungal and antibacterial properties of lemongrass, simply using a few drops in a carrier oil a handful of times a day can help to get rid of those stinky issues once and for all!
While these are all great uses for Lemongrass, there are even more out there! As always, no single health-issue is too big or small for your primary care doctor, so we always recommend seeking their advice before using essential oils in any fashion. However, once you get the “ok” from your doctor, we highly recommend these strategies for improving the little things that bother you on a day-to-day basis!
Until next time!
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