Lavender & Lemongrass
High altitudes are preferred in lavender essential oil and this one is a perfect example of why. The sweet floral scent is fresh and lively and the oil’s key constituents are at very good values. This happens when the distillation is done at high altitude, where it can be done with lower temperatures and pressure.
Lavender is best-known for it’s ability to relieve tension and promote a calm, relaxed atmosphere. It’s this benefit that makes me wear it to “high power” meetings, where tension is normally high. The same benefit often has lavender essential oil in my nighttime diffuser. It’s a great way to let the day’s stress melt away before I settle in for a good night’s sleep.
Aside from the emotional stress-relief, lavender can help stressed skin when applied in a diluted fashion. We highly suggest a jojoba/rosehip combination for a carrier when applying to skin. The combination of the three is awesome for improving the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and smoothing the overall skin. I love the effect this combo has on skin most when I get a minor burn while cooking. The relief is immediate.
Do to the versatility of lavender essential oil, it’s a glorious addition to any first-aid kit! Mixed in a spray bottle with Tea Tree and a carrier oil, you can have a great spray for those owies that don’t want to be touched.
Before I utter a single word about the ways I use lemongrass essential oil . . . let me remind you of the power packed in each drop. I have a friend who cleans houses. She uses green products wherever she can and one of those is a mixture she makes with lemongrass to clean soap scum off shower doors. One day, she had no gloves on and her fingernail polish was removed as she cleaned. This is one powerful oil, folks!
Personally, my favorite use for lemongrass is for sore muscles and relieving various aches and pains. I add it to a master blend, then dilute and use during times that I need it, but I do not make up much at a time. I’m very good at finding furniture with my toes . . . and that blend is my buddy when I’ve done it once again. Dilution is absolutely necessary with this oil because it’s a known sensitizer.
The antibacterial qualities of lemongrass make it an great addition for immune boosting regimes, including diffusing (research has shown that it’s effective when diffused against several pathogens) and cleaning products. Wiping surfaces down with powerful antibacterial agents is a big part of stopping the spread of the germs. Topically, it must be highly diluted. We do not recommend it as a hand sanitizer unless it’s diluted properly.
Diffusing lemongrass essential oil at night is not recommended as it is a very stimulating oil and could create problems with sleep. Instead, use it during the day when you will appreciate that invigorating, fatigue-relieving aroma.
The disinfecting properties can be useful in caring for oil-prone skin. Lemongrass is known to help clean the pores as well as tighten them. This is only recommended in a good moisturizing carrier, like jojoba. A note here from my days in cosmetology . . . sometimes skin is oily because it’s trying to compensate for dryness. I know, it is confusing but it’s true. Cleansing well, then using diluted lemongrass in jojoba is recommended. Personally, I love rosehip oil in my skincare, so my carrier would be a mixture of both jojoba and rosehip oils.
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