Lemongrass Oil Product Description
Grown by family farmers in Southern India, lemongrass produces a smoky, citrus essential oil that offers a variety of benefits to the user. For years, lemongrass has been used in Asian cuisine for soups, teas, curries, and seafood. However, the uses for Lemongrass oil extend far beyond the kitchen. With a pungent aroma, Lemongrass oil is a favorite for massage, offers purifying benefits for the skin, and promotes a positive outlook. It can also support healthy digestion when used internally.* Whether applied topically, used aromatically, or taken internally, the uses and benefits of Lemongrass oil are widely diverse.
Lemongrass Oil Uses and Benefits
Chemistry of Lemongrass Oil
Main Chemical Components: Geranial, neral
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.
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.
During harvest time, farmers hike five miles up a steep mountain and work for roughly seven days to harvest a 100-acre plantation. Lemongrass is harvested by hand, using a sickle—which is part of what makes the harvesting process so physically demanding. Once the lemongrass is harvested and gathered, the farmers walk the five miles back down the mountain, each carrying a lemongrass bundle on top of their head.
After the lemongrass is harvested, it goes through the process of steam distillation. Once distilled, the crude oil is passed on to a manufacturer who produces the Lemongrass oil. While the oil is with the manufacturer, it goes through stages of refining, filtration, and blending. The oil then undergoes a series of tests before it qualifies for export—the oil must be of the highest quality to be acceptable to distribute. Though the process of harvesting and producing Lemongrass oil requires hard labor and attention to detail, this process matches the high standards that doTERRA has for producing quality essential oils.
Essential Oil Spotlight
The evergreen lemongrass plant, also known as Cymbopogon flexuosus, is a tall, perennial plant native to India and other surrounding countries. Lemongrass has long, aromatic leaves that are cut and steam-distilled to produce Lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass plant is often used to extract essential oil to be used in perfumes, detergents, soaps, etc. The oil can also be taken internally, which makes lemongrass quite popular in the food industry for baked goods, gums, and candies.
Ginger holds no reservations. This oil has a purpose and will fulfil it! Ginger powerfully persuades individuals to be fully present and participate in life. It teaches that to be successful in life, one must be wholly committed to it.
Ginger addresses deep patterns of victim mentality, which is evidenced by feelings of powerlessness, believing everything is outside one's control, refusing to take responsibility for life, or blaming life circumstances on other people or outside influences. Victims feel stuck as they decentralise or disown responsibility and blame others for their misfortunes.
Ginger empowers individuals in taking complete responsibility for their life circumstances. It infuses a warrior-like mentality based on integrity, personal responsibility, and individual choice. Here, individuals see themselves as the creators of their own lives. No longer waiting for outside circumstances to change, they choose their own destiny. The empowered individuals assume full responsibility and accountability for the consequences of their actions or inactions.
(Taken from the book “Emotions and Essential oils”)
Let us know about your experiences with this oil in the comments below.