Lemongrass

lemongrass plant

Essential oils and I have a long happy history and it wasn’t until I joined doTerra that I realized what powerhouses these oils were. Now a quick word of caution. Purity is key so if you are unsure of the seller, just let it be. You can read up on doTerra’s processing and purity guidelines here; I was impressed..and sold.

In a recent workshop, I learned about a little powerhouse called lemongrass. In addition to smelling wonderful and being an affordable oil, it also helps keep bugs away, supports healthy digestive flora, detoxification, heals connective tissue, and emotions. Realizing this was a loaded statement, I decided to look deeper.

First, it heals connective tissue; well, what is connective tissue?

tissue that connects, supports, binds, or separates other tissues or organs, typically having relatively few cells embedded in an amorphous matrix, often with collagen or other fibers, and including cartilaginous, fatty, and elastic tissues.

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Let me add as a note that fascia is considered connective tissue and is one of the first to scar in the event of an injury or strain. Scar tissue creates painful and restricted movement. If you want to get lost in a subject, try this rabbit hole!

As a catalyst for repair, lemongrass acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce swelling and encouraging collagen to re-establish itself. You can use this oil neat, meaning you don’t have to cut it with another oil, but since we are all a little dry, adding some fractionated coconut oil won’t hurt. Do not apply this to open wounds or scrapes.

Now, this next part intrigued me – how does lemongrass help with emotions? The large intestine meridian carries feelings of being burdened, stuck, blocked, and difficulty letting go, and since lemongrass helps with cut flora, it stands to reason that this can help one let things go. We all carry around too much baggage; release what you can.

All this potential but does it really work? My shoulders have been a source of discomfort for several years and while acupuncture helps hasn’t been a permanent fix and it isn’t cheap. While I work on the postural causes of this shoulder pain, I decided to put this little wonder to the test. Last night I blended a few drops of lemongrass with some coconut oil and massaged into both arms, beginning with the shoulder and worked down into the hand. Normally I’d pop two ibuprofen before bed and this time I did not. the result? A pain-free night and into the early afternoon of the next day.

I have a feeling that I’ve only touched the tip of the lemongrass iceberg. I invite you to check out this powerhouse and see how she might help you heal. And share with us what works (or doesn’t) for you!