By Maisha Liwaru
Lemongrass is familiar to most people. Lemongrass or Fevergrass, as it is also known because of its use in traditional Indian medicine to fight fever, is common to India and Sri Lanka. This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the lemongrass tree using the steam distilling process. Lemongrass essential oil is yellow with a citrus smell. Lemongrass essential oil is available and inexpensive. Thai and Vietnamese foods owe their distinct taste in part to Lemongrass. But its importance to the perfume and aromatherapy industry cannot be overlooked.
The aromatherapy and domestic uses of Lemongrass are many. Lemongrass is used in a v aromatherapy in a variety of ways including as an antidepressant and for ache. When using Lemongrass for ache, care should be taken because it tends to dry out the skin and can cause skin irritation. As with all essential oils, it must be used with carrier oil when applied to skin. To relieve pain, add a few drops to Emu oil and rub on the painful area, as needed. Lemongrass essential oil consists mainly of Citral, a natural chemical. Citral is responsible for the antiseptic and antibacterial nature of Lemongrass. Aroma therapists recommend Lemongrass to relieve stress, headaches, lethargy and poor muscle tone. Additional usages are for athlete’s foot, oily skin and as underarm and foot deodorant. See recipe:
Aromatherapy Deodorant Powder
Mix 1 Cup Cornstarch
Put lemongrass in an atomizer with distilled water and sprits your kitchen to keep it flies free in the summer. Lemongrass is a remedy for greasy hair. Add 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to a quarter size blob of gentle shampoo and shampoo as usual. Must not be used on babies, children, pregnant women or any one with epilepsy or epilepsy like illnesses. That is the extent of the drawbacks.
One of the great things about Lemongrass is that it can be grown at home. Purchase fresh stalks from an Asian grocery and peel them. Turn the stalks upside down in water and place in the sunlight. In about two weeks, they should root. Then plant them outside or in a pot, if you live where it snows, so that they can be brought inside in winter. In summer the plant will thrive outside.
Here in Nebraska, in summer, we are plaged by the West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. It is a very serious illness that has caused the death of at least 5 people and the severe illness of others in our state this year. We look for ways to keep our mosquito bites to a minimum without sacrificing our summer activities. I have developed a mosquito repellent to us and to sell in our store. If you have a need for the product, you can purchase it on our website, www.wesmellgood.com. The price is $2.50 for 1 ounce. One of the main ingredients is Lemongrass. If you prefer to make your own, the recipe follows:
Essential Mosquito Repellent
Next time, I will talk about Mellow Vanilla.
Maisha Liwaru is the owner of Perfume Oils by Maisha.