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Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemongrass

This week we will be spotlighting dōTERRA Lemongrass.

Known for its use in many Asian cuisines, this citrus, smoky essential oil offers many additional benefits that extend beyond your favorite Asian meal. Add Lemongrass essential oil to your collection and you will experience healthy digestion, purifying benefits, and heightened awareness.

Purchase your bottle of dōTERRA Lemongrass today!

“Originating from Southern India, Lemongrass essential oil has been used as an ingredient in many soups, teas, curries and seafood in the Asian cuisine. When combined with food or beverage, dōTERRA Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. Dilute to use during a back massage to relish in the purifying and soothing benefits Lemongrass essential oil offers. Diffusing Lemongrass in the mornings to heighten your awareness or to help ward against outdoor pests.”

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. 

Where to Buy Lemongrass Oil

If you are ready to add Lemongrass oil to your essential oil collection, visit our Lemongrass oil page to see how to purchase your own. Each doTERRA essential oil undergoes extensive testing using CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® methods, in order to ensure the purity and quality of each bottle of oil. When you are looking for high quality, potent Lemongrass essential oil, doTERRA can provide a refreshing, pure oil that has been created with extreme care. 

Lemongrass Oil Uses and Benefits

 

  1. Did you know that Lemongrass essential oil can help support healthy digestion when taken internally?* The chemical makeup of Lemongrass includes aldehydes, which are known for their ability to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function when ingested.* To reap these benefits, add a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your food or beverages to add flavor and provide dietary support. You can also place a few drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to promote healthy digestive function.* You can even combine Lemongrass oil with Peppermint oil in a capsule to support healthy gastrointestinal function and maintain healthy digestion.*
     
  2. One way to experience the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil is by diffusing the oil in your diffuser at home. Consider diffusing Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness. Another benefit of diffusing Lemongrass oil is the refreshing, herbaceous aroma of the oil. If you want to experience the aromatic benefits of Lemongrass essential oil but don’t have time to diffuse it, place one drop in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
     
  3. The aldehydes in Lemongrass oil also make Lemongrass useful for naturally repelling insects. Diffusing Lemongrass oil or even using it topically can help keep bugs away. Diffuse Lemongrass oil inside or outside on your porch or patio to keep away mosquitos and bugs. If you are worried about keeping bugs off of your body, rub or spritz Lemongrass oil on your skin before you go outside. 
     
  4. Because Lemongrass is a soothing oil, it is commonly used for massage. The refreshing aroma combined with the oil’s soothing properties makes it a popular choice for massage therapy. It also holds purifying benefits for the skin, making it a desirable oil to use during massage sessions. If you use Lemongrass oil for massage, dilute it with a carrier oil like doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. Apply the diluted oil to muscles and joints for a soothing sensation that makes for a tranquil massage. 
     
  5. Possibly one of the most common uses for Lemongrass is in culinary settings. For many years, Lemongrass has been a common ingredient to add flavor to Asian soups, curries, beef, fish, teas, and more. It is also widely used in baked goods or candies in the food industry because of its distinct flavor. If you want to utilize the powerful flavor of Lemongrass essential oil, consider adding a few drops to entrees or meat dishes. Looking for an essential oil recipe that uses Lemongrass oil? Try our Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup and enjoy the unique flavors of Lemongrass, ginger root, coconut milk, lentils, and more.
     
  6. The soothing properties of Lemongrass oil also make it helpful for the body after physical activity. Consider applying Lemongrass essential oil topically where needed after a hard workout to utilize the soothing properties of the oil. You can also dilute Lemongrass and apply it after a long run for a refreshing feeling. No matter what kind of workout you choose, Lemongrass oil can help soothe the body after exertion during physical activity. 
     
  7. Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits for the skin and can be used in your skincare routine to help promote pure, toned skin. Consider adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify the skin. Similar to Melaleuca, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. To experience these benefits of Lemongrass, try combining it with Melaleuca essential oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean. 

Plant Description

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.  

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. 

Sourcing

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 rainfall in the area. A greater amount of rainfall 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. 

Oils that blend well with Lemongrass oil

Because Lemongrass oil includes subtle citrus notes; a pungent, smoky aroma; and a refreshing, herbaceous scent, it blends well for diffusion with a variety of oils that share similar qualities. Blend Lemongrass oil with the herbal scents of Basil, the fresh aroma of Spearmint, or the warm, spicy fragrance of Cardamom oil.  

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Content for this post has been provided by doTERRA for distribution on this blog and reposted from their Blog. The original article is available at https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-lemongrass-oil

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Product Spotlight: Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit oil is becoming one of the most popular essential oils on the market. The bright, energizing aroma and many benefits of Grapefruit essential oil make it a fan favorite in the world of essential oils. Many people ask, “What is Grapefruit oil used for?” It turns out that many enjoy using Grapefruit essential oil for much more than simply its taste or smell.

So, what are the benefits and uses of Grapefruit essential oil? Keep reading to find out!

Use Grapefruit oil for weight loss
You may have heard people talking about using Grapefruit oil for weight loss. Experimental research shows that diffusing Grapefruit oil may help to curb cravings. If you’re trying to lose weight, consider diffusing Grapefruit oil to increase your motivation. Additionally, when taken internally, Grapefruit oil can help to support blood sugar levels that are already in the normal range.*

Use Grapefruit oil for skin
Do you love the smell of Grapefruit oil ? Keep its lovely aroma with you all day and improve the appearance of your skin by incorporating Grapefruit oil into your skincare routine. Try adding Grapefruit oil to your nightly skincare regimen to reduce the appearance of blemishes. Remember though, as a citrus oil, the use of Grapefruit oil on the skin poses a risk for sun sensitivity, so avoid ultra-violet rays for at least 12 hours after applying Grapefruit to the skin.

Use Grapefruit oil to support a healthy metabolism*
Did you know that Grapefruit oil can help promote a healthy metabolism?* Because it contains the chemical constituent limonene, Grapefruit essential oil has internal cleansing and purifying properties.* This is why it’s commonly used to support a healthy metabolism and to gently cleanse the body with detoxifying benefits.* To take full advantage of these benefits, simply add one to two drops of Grapefruit oil to a glass of water, and drink.

Use Grapefruit oil to create an uplifting environment
With an encouraging, cheering effect on the emotions, Grapefruit is the perfect essential oil when you want to promote an uplifting atmosphere. Feeling bored and sluggish at work in the afternoon? Try diffusing Grapefruit oil at your desk. Need a little pick-me-up in the morning? Place a drop of Grapefruit oil in your palms, rub your hands together, and inhale deeply to take in its energizing, delightful aroma.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Product Spotlight: Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver Oil

The roots of the vetiver plant are unique in their ability to grow downward, creating a thick tangle of roots in the ground. The root of the hearty vetiver plant is the origin of Vetiver oil and produces a fragrance that is earthy and strong. This aroma has been used among many perfume industries and is a notable characteristic of Vetiver oil. Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, giving Vetiver oil a grounding effect on emotions. This grounding effect makes Vetiver oil a commonly used essential oil in massage practices and topical and aromatic uses. Vetiver oil can also be taken internally to support a healthy immune system.*

Where to Buy Vetiver Oil: To buy a potent and pure bottle of Vetiver, visit the Vetiver oil product page.

When buying essential oils, there are two factors that are crucial to consider—potency and purity. The more potent and pure an essential oil is, the greater its ability to meet individual needs. 

With a mission to provide the highest standard of pure essential oils, doTERRA submits each batch of essential oils to the CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® protocol. This protocol contains a series of strict tests that prove the purity of each batch of essential oil. When the oils are found pure, they are sold so that people around the world can receive their benefits. When you purchase doTERRA essential oils, you can feel confident knowing that the oils they receive are pure, potent, and of the highest quality. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to use Vetiver oil. 

Vetiver Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. When experiencing anxious, unnerved, or stressed feelings, use Vetiver oil aromatically or topically. Vetiver oil is rich in sesquiterpenes, which contain grounding properties. When used on the skin or inhaled, Vetiver essential oil can help provide a calming and grounding effect on emotions. 
     
  2. Aid your immune system by taking Vetiver oil internally.* Vetiver oil contains immune-supporting properties and is a great way to fortify your immune system.* For healthy immune support, place a couple of drops of Vetiver essential oil into a doTERRA Veggie Capsule and take it internally.*
     
  3. School can be taxing and sometimes stressful for children. After a difficult day at school, help your child relax by applying Vetiver oil to your child’s neck and feet. This will help promote calm and grounded feelings. 
     
  4. Give your body a little TLC with a Vetiver essential oil bath. For best results, fill the bathtub with warm water and add a couple of drops of Vetiver essential oil the water. These simple steps will provide you with an ideal bath that is perfect for deep relaxation. The aromatic benefits of Vetiver oil will also aid in creating a soothing and calming atmosphere.
     
  5. Traveling always comes with certain risks—environmental threats being one of them. To help prepare your body for traveling and a change in environment, take Vetiver essential oil internally. For best results, combine one to two drops of Vetiver oil with Lemon oil in a veggie capsule. This powerful combination of oils will help support a healthy immune system.*
     
  6. Vetiver oil’s aroma is sweet, woody, and smoky–emitting a strong, earthy scent. Use the earthy tones of Vetiver essential oil as a base for your favorite DIY diffuser blends. Adding Vetiver essential oil to a diffuser blend will provide aromatic benefits that have a calming, grounding effect on emotions. 
     
  7. Sleep is extremely important for the health of both the mind and body. When we do not receive adequate sleep or have too many sleepless nights, our body functions begin to slow down. To help promote a restful night’s sleep, rub Vetiver oil on the bottom of your feet. Vetiver oil is a great essential oil for sleep and relaxation and can help give your body the sleep it needs.
     
  8. Give your body a powerful boost by adding one to two drops of Vetiver essential oil to your tea or hot drinks during the winter months. Vetiver essential oil contains immune-supporting properties that will help fortify your body against seasonal threats.*
     
  9. Because of Vetiver oil’s grounding effects, it is commonly used for massages. After a long day of standing, apply a few drops of Vetiver essential oil to your feet and slowly massage the oil in. A Vetiver oil massage is perfect after a long day, and the aromatic features of the oil can also provide a grounding and calming effect on emotions. 

Plant Description

The Vetiver plant, Vetiveria zizanioides, is a member of the grass family. The grass of the plant is a vibrant green color and grows straight and vertical.  Unlike other grasses, the root system of Vetiver grows down, making it ideal for helping prevent erosion and providing soil stabilization. The many roots of the plant grow in large clusters underground. doTERRA obtains Vetiver essential oil from the roots of the vetiver plant.  

Chemistry of Vetiver Essential Oil

Main Chemical Components: Carvone, isovalencenol, khusimol The main chemical constituents of Vetiver essential oil are carvone, isovalencenol, and khusimol. Both isovalencenol and khusimol are sesquiterpenes that are part of the alcohols functional group. These chemicals have grounding properties and are what makes Vetiver essential oil a grounding oil. Carvone is a monoterpene that is a member of the ketones functional group. Carvone contains energizing properties that add to the beneficial chemical properties of Vetiver essential oil. To learn more about the chemical makeup of Vetiver oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog

Oils that Blend Well with Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver oil blends well with LavenderdoTERRA Serenity®doTERRA Balance®Sandalwood, and Lemongrass

Cautions

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Credits

Repost of original content from doTERRA. The original article can be found here: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-vetiver-oil