Being a born-and-raised New Yorker, and having grown up in a family that did a lot of international travel and had a lot of friends around the world, I am a big fan of all different kinds of foods. My early and frequent exposure to things like balut, curries, sushi, borscht, chimarrão and the like have given me an appreciation for the flavors and smells of the world.
However, if you don’t spend a lot of time cooking or eating international foods, or if you aren’t an outdoorsy type of person, your interaction with flavors like the snappy, fresh and clean herb Lemongrass has probably been limited. But ooooh you’re missing out!
Lemongrass has been used around the world for thousands of years for a million different things- from health and wellness to a natural pesticide to preserving food to being used as a pheromone for bees (weird.) It’s beautiful, surprising, invigorating, uplifting, cleansing and useful- so many of my favorite aspects of, well, anything- especially people!
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Lemongrass has way too many uses to list in this humble blog, but its applications for the body are amazing!
One thing I, personally, use Lemongrass is for supporting healthy thyroid function. Just roll it directly on the thyroid to help support your thyroid. If it feels hot (which it does for me at times), rub a bit of lotion or oil on the thyroid first and then rub Lemongrass on. I also use this, along with Peppermint, on my c-section scar. Not to minimize its appearance (there are other oils for that), but every so often it will give me trouble and I rub a few drops of both *around* the scar and it helps tremendously. I do the same for weird muscle spasms that crop up or just a sore feeling in my midsection. In the past I have turned to chemicals to help, but no more. This is my go-to blend when I can’t tolerate how I’m feeling.
Here are just a few more ideas:
- Put a drop into water and chug it down to promote healthy digestive function
- You can even combine Lemongrass essential oil with Peppermint oil in a capsule or in water to support healthy gastrointestinal function and maintain healthy digestion.
- Rub or spritz on skin before going outside for a natural bug repellant.
- Diffuse around you when you’re outside cooking on the grill or eating on the patio to keep bugs away
- Apply to muscles and joints for a soothing sensation
- *Awesome* for deodorizing. Put into a foot bath for stinky tootsies.
- Diffuse Lemongrass oil when you want to address feelings of nervousness, or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass essential oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness because it’s so invigorating.
- Put a drop into your hand, rub your hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired for a stronger and more direct aromatic application
- Great for purifying skin. Massage it into skin with a carrier oil for deep cleansing and help promote pure, toned skin
- Helpful for monthly, female discomfort- use carrier oil and rub over ovaries
- Apply diluted Lemongrass to muscles and joints for a soothing sensation that makes for a tranquil massage and helps muscles and joints feel better
- On a similar note, it’s amazing after a run, or any workout, or a physically demanding day at work. It’s refreshing mentally, but helps soothe the body after physical exertion
- If you want to utilize the powerful flavor of Lemongrass essential oil, add a few drops to entrees or meat dishes.
- Mix Lemongrass essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify skin. Similar to Melaleuca, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. Can blend these two together also.
- Helps the body fight off issues that arise seasonally, or following exposure to people who aren’t feeling well
- Drip onto a cloth and apply to sore muscles along with ice, to use as a cold compress
If you like Asian curries (Y.U.M.), try this Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup:
Because Lemongrass oil includes subtle citrus notes; a pungent, smoky aroma; and a refreshing, herbaceous scent, it blends well for diffusion with a variety of oils that share similar qualities. Blend Lemongrass oil with the herbal scents of Basil, the fresh aroma of Spearmint, or the warm, spicy fragrance of Cardamom oil.
Finally, Lemongrass, while not “hot” like Oregano, can feel too warm for your skin. So dilute with a carrier oil as needed. Also, be careful when applying and spending large amounts of time in the direct sunlight because it can be photosensitive.
DoTERRA’s Lemongrass is grown by family farmers in Southern India. The plant produces a smoky, citrus essential oil that offers a variety of benefits.. The evergreen lemongrass plant, also known as Cymbopogon flexuosus, is a tall, perennial plant with long, aromatic leaves that are cut and steam-distilled to produce Lemongrass essential oil. On a more general level, the lemongrass plant is often used to extract essential oil to be used in perfumes, detergents, soaps, etc. doTERRA’s Lemongrass, specifically can also be taken internally, but lesser quality lemongrass can be used in commercially produced foods like baked goods, gums, and candies. (Read more here)
Scientists in India studied the genetic origins of Lemongrass essential oil, which is native to India and found significant investment by the Lemongrass plant in producing a diverse essential oil. The diversity of its genes correlates to the diversity of components in Lemongrass essential oil. It is theorized that plants with more diverse essential oil component profiles also have a diverse profile of essential oil biosynthesis genes, making more widely useful and effective in many, many areas of the body, and life in general. #power
Harvesting lemongrass is a labor-intensive process, but for families in Southern India, it has been a way of life for generations. doTERRA chose Southern India as a sourcing location because of the high levels of rain fall in the area. A greater amount of rain fall creates a higher citral content in the lemongrass, which makes it superior for essential oil use.
Want to know why it’s so effective against bugs? Lemongrass has a secret superhero alter ego known as: Citronella
One of the things, besides extreme purity, that sets doTERRA apart is how they source oils. I’ll devote a post to that in the future, but t’s absolutely and literally changing the world. Lemongrass is harvested by hand, using a sickle—which is part of what makes the harvesting process so physically demanding, so much respect to those who bring us this powerful gift from God.
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Finally, the chemical makeup of Lemongrass essential oil includes the constituents geranial and neral, which are aldehydes. Typically, aldehydes are known for their distinctly potent fragrances, which is evident in the case of Lemongrass oil. Aldehydes have many functions within essential oils, including the ability to cleanse surfaces. They can also lessen feelings of stress when diffused. However, essential oils with geranial and neral are particularly known for helping to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when used internally. Geranial and neral are also known as soothing aldehydes, which is why Lemongrass and Melissa oil are both soothing oils that share similarities in chemical structure.
The nature of Lemongrass is highly distinct and pungent. It is a plant that was absolutely created by God to stand out. You can smell it a long way off, and when it is uprooted or cut open, it releases an incredibly powerful aroma that is easily recognizable.
Let me get mildly political for a moment and point to our darling millennials – yes, the ones you’re reading about on the news- protesting, screaming, crying out for justice, banding together to push for changes they feel need to happen in the wake of the 2016 presidential elections.
Whatever your opinion is on what they are doing, and why- you have to admit one thing: They are deeply impassioned. They are committed. They are pushy. They are potent. Just like you can distinguish Lemongrass from a ways off, you can smell a millennial in the room. They are pungent with their passion- speaking, arguing, pushing. They’re hard to miss when they get worked up. It’s admirable in a way, truly. Props. I can’t think of much that would get me to block traffic and sleep in the streets.
The story of the prodigal son, in Luke 15 is a famous one, but here’s something the Lord showed me that really stopped me in my tracks, so bear with me here because its good:
We know that the prodigal son went to his father and asked for his portion of the inheritance and then, Luke 15:13 says this, “Not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together, and journeyed to a distant country, and there squandered his possessions in prodigal living.” –> Note: “Prodigal” living
I looked up that word “prodigal” in the Greek and it is sometimes translated “riotous” or “wasteful” – but that’s not what it really means. It means “poured out”. The prodigal son is the poured out son. The problem? He was pouring himself out on all the wrong things- on friends, on possessions, on experiences, on wasteful living. This young man, full of life and passion and enthusiasm, poured himself out to the point that he had nothing left and was willing to live with pigs just to eat.
We were created to be poured out. How do I know this? Because Jesus poured Himself out.
Titus 3:5-6 says, “but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
In Matthew 26:28 Jesus is sharing His Last Supper and says, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
So, the prodigal son was poured out, because we were created to be poured out as children of God- however, he was misguided in where to allow his passion to be poured out and he emptied himself without cause. Much like some young people we know…..
Did you know that as lemongrass grows, it forms a tight clump that’s extremely difficult to dig into? Much like our millennials, right?! Being poured out for anything other than Jesus Christ makes us all prodigals. Being a prodigal doesn’t mean we stray from home for the wrong reasons- it’s when we pour ourselves out into the wrong things and empty ourselves without eternal cause.
As a result, we are laid bare, and end up feeling unfulfilled, sinking lower and lower into the emptiness because it is our nature to pour ourselves into things we are passionate about. But what are we passionate about?? What is worth being poured out to, until empty?
Only the Kingdom of God, because only Jesus Chris can replenish and fill us up. I want to challenge you, and myself, to think about being poured out- are you a prodigal, being poured out to the things that will leave you empty? Or are you, like Jesus, pouring yourself out to show the love of God to a lost and dying world? For me, I want to take inspiration from those pouring themselves out, but channel that pungent, powerful energy into eternity!
If you’re interested in learning more about doTERRA’s essential oils, living a wellness lifestyle or how to get started with oils in your home, I’d love to connect with you!
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