Packed with healing properties, lemongrass oil is very useful for general health and well being. The oil is known to boost immunity, relieve congestion, reduce fever, enhance nervous system function, promote heart health and much more.
Lets take a look at some of its benefits:
By improved absorption of important nutrients into the body, lemongrass oil helps to improve bodily functions and strengthens the digestive system, nervous system, respiratory system and more. This can be especially important in helping the organs function more optimally, thereby boosting immunity.
When inhaled, lemongrass oil can be used to provide effective relief from cold and congestion. The oil can also bring down body temperature and provide a cooling feeling. Fill a large bowl with hot water and add 2-3 drops of lemongrass essential oil. Place your face over the bowl with a towel on your head to stop the warm steam from escaping. Breathe in deeply.
Lemongrass oil has antipyretic properties, and can reduce a high fever before temperatures go very high. The oil can also provide a cooling effect by increasing perspiration and bringing the body’s temperature down. Mix a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage well into the soles of the feet and the chest and neck area.
Lemongrass oil is a natural galactagogue, meaning that it helps the body to produce more milk and also improves the quality of milk produced. This makes it excellent for lactating moms who are breastfeeding their babies. The medicinal properties of the oil can be absorbed in breast milk and can increase immunity in breast fed babies, protecting them from infections.
Controlling inflammation can essentially reduce a lot of symptoms in a variety of ailments such as arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. Limonene and citral, compounds in lemongrass essential oil, attribute to the anti-inflammatory action of the oil and different studies have shown promising results in their ability to treat inflammation.
A 2013 study noted that lemongrass essential oil could be considered as a potent “anticancer agent.”
A study in India documented that it has promising antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are powerful substances that fight off free radicals which could cause serious harm. Being a potent antioxidant and having the ability to fight off free radicals, lemongrass oil can potentially inhibit cancer cells from multiplying in the early stages.
Lemongrass oil reduces inflammation and assists in absorbing essential nutrients in our bodies, strengthening organs and bodily systems, including strengthening the nerves of the nervous system. It is helpful for the treatment of various nervous ailments such as Alzheimer’s, trembling of the hands and legs, reduced reflexes, convulsions, vertigo and more.
A study revealed that lemongrass oil extract significantly reduced heightened levels of cholesterol in animals. Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body keeps blood moving freely through the arteries and can help to protect and prevent against heart disease and cardiac disorders. Since its oil is also a natural vasodilator (helps to widen blood vessels), it can also help to lower high blood pressure.