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Lemongrass – Cymbopogon flexuosus

A tall, perennial plant, Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavor and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood. In addition to its unique flavor, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass can soothe sore muscles and joints, making it an ideal oil to use in massage therapy or applied directly to problem areas. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.

Plant Part: Leaf

Aromatic Description: Citrus, herbaceous, smoky

Main Chemical Components: Geranial, neral

PRIMARY BENEFITS
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Soothes aching muscles
  • Purifies and tones skin
USES
  • To help soothe sore joints or muscle sprains, combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemongrass oil and rub topically on area of concern.
  • Use to flavor entrées and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.
  • Combine with Melaleuca and apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.
  • Rub or spritz on skin before going outside. Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Your favorite carrier Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

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.

 

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The Pest Control Oils

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Here is a list of essential oils that work on keeping pest away. I have used and recommend the Peppermint for ants and spiders,  it works! I have also used Lavender on my dog Strawberry for itch relief from food allergies to insect bites,  she really likes Lavender which is a huge plus.

These oils are a whole lot safer than pesticides!

  • Ants: Peppermint
  • Aphids: Peppermint, Sandalwood, White Fir
  • spider3Beetles: Peppermint, Thyme
  • Caterpillars: Peppermint
  • Chiggers: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
  • Cutworm: Thyme
  • Fleas: Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint
  • Flies: Basil, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary
  • Gnats: Patchouli
  • Mosquitoes: Lavender, Lemongrass
  • Moths: Lavender, Peppermint
  • Plant Lice: Peppermint
  • Roaches: Eucalyptus
  • Slugs: White Fir
  • Snails: Patchouli, White Fir
  • Spiders: Peppermint
  • Ticks: Lavender, Lemongrass, Thyme
  • Weevils: Patchouli, Sandalwood

Here are some more tips:

  1. Bring a spray bottle with Peppermint essential oil to a picnic or other outdoor events to help keep ants away from you and your food.
  2. A great way to help deter pests is to diffuse essential oils! Just diffuse the essential oil that naturally deters your pest to see if it helps.
  3. Rub essential oils around your door and window seals for extra protection.
  4. For more specific insect problems, try mixing 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle with 1/2 teaspoon natural soap and 12 drops of essential oil from the guide above, remembering to shake the bottle frequently to keep the oil mixed with the water.

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