Lemongrass, a bounty of health
2011 November 29
Lemongrass is a herb cherished for its aroma and citrus-cum-ginger taste. It is also known as citronella and its botanical name is cymbopogon ciatrus. It is widely used in Asian cuisines, especially Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese. Besides culinary purposes, lemongrass possesses a lot of medical and health benefits. Some of them are as follows:
Lemongrass contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. It is useful in treating infections of the stomach, colon, urinary tract and wounds.
It helps to cure diseases like typhoid, skin infections, food poisoning and body odour.
Because it contains analgesic properties, lemongrass oil helps in relieving pain from headaches, joint pains and muscle pains.
Lemongrass possesses anti-pyretic properties that is beneficial in bringing down fever. Therefore, lemongrass is administered to people having fever.
Best Essential Oils For Skin Treatments
Each drop of an essential oil consists of plant hormones, therapeutic chemical compounds and a highly volatile aroma. It is quite an understatement to say that an essential oil is a plant product, because it is not just a product from a plant but in fact the life-force of the plant itself. Certain types of essential oils can help oxygenate, heal, rejuvenate and nourish your skin. Their great advantage in therapeutic skin treatments is that unlike most synthetic ingredients in skin care products that remain primarily on the skin’s surface, essential oils can penetrate all the way to the subcutaneous tissue layer.
Keep in mind that most essential oils are not supposed to be used “neat” or undiluted. You can dilute it in a base or carrier oil (almond, avocado, hazelnut, jojoba, olive, soybean, etc.) or water (for a bath). Below you will find a list of essential oils that are highly beneficial for the skin, tips on how to choose and store them, and some easy essential oil recipes for effective skin treatments.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil (Daucus Carota)
Carrot seed essential oil is yellowish-orange in color, and has a unique spicy-sweet fragrance. It is very high in beta-carotene, and therefore extremely nourishing for the skin. With its ability to stimulate skin elasticity, carrot seed essential oil has been used in a number of skin care products.
Caution – Epileptics and pregnant women should not use this type of essential oil.
Essential oil recipe for facial massage
Combine 2 tablespoons jojoba oil and 6 drops carrot seed essential oil in a small dark glass bottle. Shake well to blend. Use about 1 teaspoon at a time for a 5-minute daily facial massage. (You should not use this massage oil if you have very oily skin.) This homemade massage oil is supposed to improve blood circulation and moisture retention, resulting in healthier and smoother skin. Keep it in a dry, dark cabinet for its maximum shelf life.
German Chamomile Essential Oil (Matricaria Recutita)
The German chamomile essential oil is so intensely blue that it normally turns many cosmetics teal, and so aromatic that it usually overpowers any formula it is added to. As a skin care medicine, it is extremely soothing, anti-inflammatory and antifungal. It can be used for all skin types even sensitive ones. From my personal experience, German chamomile essential oil is best for a sunburn home remedy.
Essential oil recipe for sunburn
Combine ¼ cup distilled water, ¼ cup aloe vera juice and 5 drops of German chamomile essential oil in a small spray bottle. Shake well and spray directly on the sunburned skin a few times a day. It really soothes the irritated skin and effectively prevents peeling. This homemade sunburn spray can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 5 months.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Augustifolia)
Lavender essential oil is one of a few essential oils that can be directly used on the skin without diluting. It is a powerful, yet gentle antiseptic that is good for all skin types and safe for everyone, even children and pregnant women. It has been widely used as an effective home remedy for minor burns, sunburn and bee stings.
To heal a minor burn, you can dab lavender essential oil on it directly, using cotton, or you can add about 10 – 15 drops of lavender oil to a cool bath, which will create a very soothing sensation to the burned area and relax your whole body.