Monday, June 30, 2014

10 New Ways to Use Lemongrass Essential Oil

using lemongrass essential oil Lemongrass essential oil is my sleeper favorite. I wasn't sure about trying this essential oil for quite some time because of the scent. But it quickly became one of my favorites for rubbing on sore muscles - kind of a poor man's Deep Blue Rub .

I typically use a drop or two per leg, diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil , when my legs ache. And it's been a blessing for me for when my tendonitis flares up and as my little guy deals with growing pains. But I'm finding more and more interesting uses for lemongrass oil.

Here are 10 new ways to use lemongrass oil:

  1. As a natural fruit and vegetable wash. Add 1-2 drops lemongrass oil in a large bowl of water, wash your produce and it kills bacteria and cleans off pesticides.
  2. Yoga mat cleaner using witch hazel and lemongrass essential oil.
  3. Lowering cholesterol. I've heard anecdotally that using lemongrass essential oil can assist in lowering cholesterol levels.  Marlene Hunt reported on the dōTERRA Facebook page: “I lowered my cholesterol about 15 points- apply on bottom of feet & over my heart.”
  4. As a bug repellant. Mix lemongrass essential oil in a spray bottle of water; or mix with an unscented lotion.
  5. Fighting fleas and ticks.
  6. For stress relief.
  7. As an antiseptic.
  8. Fighting lactose intolerance. Rub lemongrass essential oil on the bottoms of the feet before or immediately after having dairy. 
  9. For a household cleaning spray.
  10. In cooking. I stumbled across this interesting recipe on doTERRA's Facebook page:
Thai Tom Kah soup with lemongrass and lime EOs at the finish; simmer fresh-caught local or regional fish, coconut milk, and fresh, finely chopped or grated garlic, ginger, galangal, coriander, onion, celery, Add prawns and mushrooms 15 minutes prior serving, and cast scallions and cilantro after adding EOs. 

For more great tips on using lemongrass essential oil, visit doTERRA's Facebook page for reader tips.


Marla said...

I use lemon grass for quite a few DIY cleaning and bug spray recipes and it works well. I really didn't realize it was good for sleep. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Natural Living Monday Link Up.

Vicki said...

Thanks for linking up at the Natural Living Monday and Healthy Meal Planning Linkup! I never knew all of this about lemongrass - I usually just use it for bugs. I will definitely try it more often now!