Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuousus) essential oil is from the Poaceae botanical family of grasses. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. Lemongrass is typically used for purification and digestion. It is a powerful anti-fungal when applied topically. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. It supports healthy circulation and promotes lymph flow.
Anti-Fungal Lemongrass may be helpful in particular to combating candida fungal infections. (Lemongrass may balance female hormones, therefore should not be used by anyone with estrogen sensitive cancers.) One of my kids developed a round rough skin patch that slowly increased to the size of a dime. After consulting with our pediatrician he determined it was a fungus from a skin sample. I alternated topical applications with diluted lemongrass and Melaleuca Alternifolia (1 drop essential oil to 4 drops aloe vera gel – I use the Aubrey brand which has no artificial colors or preservatives). After just a day and a half it was almost gone.
Bug Repellant lemongrass has been researched against many insects and pests. When it’s combined with citronella and peppermint, it is a great pest deterrent. Mix up a spray bottle with Lemongrass, citronella and peppermint essential oils and spray door entrances near the ground to steer bugs clear from entering your home.
Lemongrass is a hot oil and should always be diluted in other essential oils or a carrier oil.
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