Lemongrass Benefits For Digestion
Lemongrass Digestive Benefits
Before we look at lemongrass benefits for digestion let’s examine what lemongrass is and where it comes from.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tall perennial grass that is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Australia, India, and parts of Africa. It is used in many Asian and Indian culinary dishes and it has a lemony, earthy smell.
When used in aromatherapy it has the familiar scent of lemon while also imparting a grounding, earthy aroma that is not found in the more common lemon essential oil most people know.
The essential oil of lemongrass is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the plant. Lemongrass essential oil has many uses including for hair and skin, as an insect repellent, for killing germs, and pain. However, in this article, it is the uses of lemongrass essential oil for digestive issues that I want to tell you about.
Lemongrass Benefits For Digestion
Lemongrass has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat digestive issues including stomach upset, stomach ulcers and other symptoms of gastritis.
One scientific study published in 2012 looked at whether the essential oil of lemongrass could protect the stomachs of rats. The study authors noted that lemongrass has been used for years in Brazil medicinally for treating stomach issues.
The rats in the study had ulcers induced by either ethanol or aspirin. They were then treated with lemongrass essential oil by mouth.
The study concluded that lemongrass essential oil offered a benefit by “affording gastroprotection against gastric damage induced by ethanol and aspirin”. They also concluded that further research should be conducted to isolate the constituents of lemongrass responsible for these effects and that ” it might serve as a lead compound for future development of novel therapies that combat nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug-associated gastropathy”.
Lemongrass Benefits For Ulcers
So as you can see, animal studies seem to suggest that traditional medicinal uses of lemongrass has merit. It can be used as a natural alternative for the relief of stomach issues and may one day be used by modern medicine as an ingredient to treat these conditions.
In the meantime,
You can add 1-2 drops of lemongrass essential oil to a tea or in soups to help you relieve the symptoms of gastric ulcers or gastritis.
It can also help to relieve the pain of cramps and has been used effectively to relieve diahrrea.
Please note that you should ONLY use lemongrass essential oil internally if you are ABSOLUTELY sure it is 100% pure and unadulterated.
Lemongrass Benefits For Indigestion & Bloating
Lemongrass has also been used for many years to relieve indigestion and bloating.
You can add 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil such as sweet almond or coconut oil and massage into the chest and throat. This may quickly relieve heartburn symptoms.
For bloating try massaging the same mixture over the stomach.
Using aromatherapy massage removes any concern about using essential oils internally.
Lemongrass Benefits For Gas
Lemongrass has also been described as a natural carminative. This means it can help to prevent gas from forming in the intestines. If gas has already formed it can help to relax the abdominal muscles and help to remove the gas.
By helping to remove and eliminate gas from your bowels it can help relieve pain, discomfort and feelings of bloating.
To use it for gas you can use the same recipe as noted above. Add 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into the abdomen.
Now that you know about the benefits of lemongrass essential oil you can safely use it to help you get relief from digestive issues. It can be used to help you get relief from stomach pains, gas, bloating, indigestion and diarrhea.
If you want to try lemongrass essential oil for yourself you can get 100% pure essential oils in the store over at Gary Davis Aromatherapy. You can also learn about all the benefits of essential oils by reading the blog on the web site.