Essential Oil of the Month: Lemongrass!

Essential oil of the month Lemongrass!

Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass, is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants (herb) in the grass family.  Lemongrass is widely used as a culinary herb in Asian cuisines prized for its strong citrus flavor with hints of mint and ginger it is also as a medicinal herb in India. In the garden, lemongrass forms a tall, grassy clump 3 to 5 feet tall. Its appearance rivals that of many ornamental grasses and can easily fulfill a similar role in the landscape. Harvest lemongrass for its bulbous stem bases, rich with lemony flavor, or clip leaves for infusing tea and soup stock. The oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows that lemongrass oil has antifungal properties. Despite its ability to repel some insects, such as mosquitoes, its oil is commonly used as a “lure” to attract honey bees.

 The essential oil is stimulating, relaxing, soothing and balancing. The chemical composition of lemongrass essential oil varies according to the geographical origin; the compounds typically include hydrocarbon terpenes, alcohols, ketones, esters and mainly aldehydes. The essential consists of mainly citral at about 70 to 80 percent.

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Lemongrass essential oil is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin:

A

B1

B2

B3

B5

B6

folate

vitamin C

It also provides essential minerals such as:

magnesium

phosphorous

manganese

copper

potassium,

calcium

zinc

iron

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Grass

Color

Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Fresh, lemony, earthy.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses

  • Muscular Aches & Pains; as well as Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Indigestion
  • Helps Physical & Mental Exhaustion, Anxiety, & Depression by Boosting Self-esteem, Confidence, Hope, & Mental Strength
  • Inhibits Microbial & Fungal Growth has Antiseptic Properties; Helping Lower Fevers, Acne, Heal Wounds

  • Astringent
  • Helps Flatulence
  • Stimulates Urine & Lactation
  • Helps with Hairloss 
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sedative & Calming

Lemongrass is personally one of my favorite essential oils!

photo credit: Andrea_Nguyen Fresh lemongrass via photopin (license)

Favorite Products of the Month!

Enfleurage -Serene Spirit Essential Oil Blend

Great for mediation and relaxation!

 

Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 - 15ml

NIOD – Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1

Great Anti-aging serum to stimulate collagen!

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Magic Mist & Set

Best Makeup Setting Spray to fight April showers!

 

 

Things That Are Oddly Soothing!

We all have things that may see odd to someone else but we find soothing.

Like in the movie,”Get Him to the Greek” with the song and scene in the movie were they stroke a furry wall. Video clip is R rated.

  • Cleaning out and carving a pumpkin.
  • Folding and marking up magazines with items I want to buy, but won’t.
  • Tweezing hair.
  • Making a cup of tea.
  • Listening to the hum of the clothing dryer.
  • Breaking open a hot piece of bread.
  • Kneading dough.
  • The smell of gasoline.
  • Driving through the car wash.
  • Smelling produce.
  • Cracking the spine of a paper back.
  • Cracking an egg.
  • Brushing my teeth.
  • Putting my hands on a container of dried beans.

What odd things soothe you? Post in comments.

Favorite Products of the Month!

Christophe Robin

Shade Variation Care

Creed Silver

Mountain Water

Topshop Nails

in Middle Child

Roots Relax

Geranium Lavender

Soy Candle

Laura Mercier

Creme Eye Liner

in Canard

Cover Girl

Flamed Out

Shadow Pot

in 345

Chanel Rouge

Allure Gloss

in Pirate (19)

Social Eyes

Lashes in

Enchanting (strip lashes)

Some Ways I Decompress After A Long Stressful Day!

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I love to take a bath at least once a week. I like to add fun ingredients into the water such as: powdered milk/buttermilk, epsom salt, seaweed, sake, beer, bath oil, green/chamomile/herbal tea bags, Kneipps Herbal Baths, Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Bubble Bath Warming Balsam Fir, & Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath.

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Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

I also like to bring my laptop into the bathroom and play a audio book or watch something on Netflix while I take the bath.

I like to sit on my porch and read magazines while my dog runs around in his dog run.

Take walks with my dog.

Make cup of tea and read a book.

Just get in the car and drive around pretty neighborhoods with the windows down, music playing, and a yummy drink in the cup holder.

Get a pedicure taking advantage of the massage chair.

Yoga – the corpse & cobblers pose are two of my favorites

Reflexology

Acupuncture

Massaging my feet, scalp, hands, and feet.

Laying on a an acupressure mat or walking on a cobble stone mat bare foot (ease into using them).

Moji massager and The head Tingler

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Cobble Stone Mat

Savoring ice cream in a cone.

What do you like to do when you are stressed?

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