Now that you’ve ordered your product of the month, (which is a 125 PV exchange for a free commodity), let’s discuss the life-saver: Lemongrass!
WHAT IS LEMONGRASS?
Hailing from the Cymbopogon genus, a family of tropical island plants, Lemongrass has been used for centuries amongst cooks and tea-enthusiasts. However, it also pertains to many therapeutic benefits. The essential oil helps treat circulatory issues, behavioral problems, headaches, infections, nervous system disorders, and menstrual irregularities. In fact, Lemongrass was nicknamed “fever grass” for its ability to cool a fever. Cool, right? That’s only the beginning!
Lemongrass is anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiparasitic, hypoglycemic, neurobehavioral—Excuse me, I forgot to take a metaphorical breath! What grabs my attention is Lemongrass’s antimutagenic effects.
A 2013 study conducted by Kavisa Ghosh examined the interaction between Lemongrass extract and citral emulsion (a compound found in Lemongrass) with two different cervical cell lines commonly used in cancer research: HeLa and ME-180. The results were significant. Both substances decreased the spread in mutation while increasing oxidative stress on the cancer cells. This caused the potential of the mitochondrial membrane to change and stimulate healthy apoptosis (cell death). Not only has Lemongrass provoked these changes within cervical cancer, but also prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, and sarcoma. Ghosh concluded her abstract with this statement: “All the results suggest lemongrass oil and citral emulsion could be considered as potential candidates for anticancer agents.”
IT LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
When ingested, Lemongrass reduces LDL cholesterol and sustains healthy levels of triglycerides. LDL cholesterol stands for low-density lipoproteins. It’s also considered “the bad” cholesterol because it causes fatal damage at higher levels. High levels of LDL are a primary contributor to atherosclerosis. Still, even with Lemongrass to help regulate those levels of LDL, it’s necessary to sustain a healthy diet too.
Furthermore, Lemongrass is known for its remarkable anti-fungal properties. Lemongrass can treat almost all types of yeast infections and Candida overgrowths. Just two drops internally each day has shown a dramatic decrease in yeast infections. This is because Lemongrass contains a compound called farnesol which serves as a fungal metabolite. In other words, it eats or metabolizes fungus cells. Picture a molecular-sized Pac-Man engulfing those fungus-infested ghosts!
Now that we’ve covered three primary uses of Lemongrass, let’s discuss usage tips and safety precautions.
Because Lemongrass can stimulate menstrual flow, women who are pregnant and nursing mothers should not use it. Also, Lemongrass contains several chemical irritants (neral and farnesol), so skin sensitivities may occur. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. You should never apply oils directly to ear or nose canals. For optimal use, apply a few drops on desired areas or add it into a diffuser.
Lemongrass is great for skin health. Its antiseptic and astringent properties make it perfect for even and glowing skin! Moreover, Lemongrass can be added to hygiene products for more thick and lustrous hair. Apply several drops to your shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions. Seriously! Good or bad hair days can become your choice.
AND IT’S A NATURAL BUG-SPRAY
It’s baseball season, parents! Your kiddos are out on the field, dust eluding from beneath their feet like a galloping race-horse, hitting home-runs, pitching a third-strike—and you forgot your bug spray! While you’re busy slapping at mosquitos, you miss your kid whack the ball out of the park. Well, what can you do? Tell your kid that you missed their monumental moment? Easy fix! Lemongrass is a natural repellent with a mild smell. Add 10 to 15 drops to a spray bottle filled with water and use the mixture as a bug spray. Bugs abhor that citrusy stench.
Now you can stop tip-toeing around the idea of using your new Lemongrass! There’s an entire world of benefit capped in a single amber bottle, just waiting for you! Try Lemongrass today and tell us about your testimony!
Jayden Almeida has been the head blogger of Essentially Sp’OILed for Life since 2019. Her passion is to help readers understand the benefits of essential oils to achieve a happier and healthier lifestyle. In addition to writing for ESFL, Jayden’s also a novice author determined to publish her own series of literature.