Lemongrass has many more uses then just for Thai cooking.
If you are a runner then you can look beyond the typical Ice Blue as post-run muscle support.
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 essential oil is a favourite for massage and should be one every runner has in their toolkit.
So firstly, what is Lemongrass?
It’s an evergreen plant, also known as Cymbopogon flexuosus. It’s 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.
There are many different uses for the oil but firstly, as a runner you will want to know how it can be of benefit to you.
Lemongrass is perfect for when you’ve finished a session and your muscles start to twitch uncontrollably.
When this happens you feel excruciating pain. In runners it can happen in your feet, calves, hamstrings or quads. Sometimes it can be while you are running.
It is also common in swimmers, particularly when using fins.
If this happens to you, apply Lemongrass oil with a carrier oil to the affected area and gently massage in. If you are predisposed to this kind of event you may like to make a rollerball of Lemongrass and Fractionated Coconut Oil. Dilution rates will vary depending on your preference but allow a minimum 20 drops per 10ml.
Lemongrass oil is useful regardless of whether you experience these twitches.
Consider applying Lemongrass essential oil topically where needed after a hard workout to utilise the soothing properties of the oil.
Apply it after a long run for a refreshing feeling. You can layer with other oils such as Ice Blue or Aromatouch.
Did you know that Lemongrass essential oil can also help support healthy digestion when taken as a food additive?
To reap these benefits, add a few drops of Lemongrass to your food or beverages to add flavour and provide dietary support.
Another 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 essential oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness.
It’s also great to diffuse if you want to clear the energy in a room.
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.
How we get Lemongrass
Harvesting lemongrass is a labour-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 rain fall in the area.
A greater amount of rain fall creates a higher citral content in the lemongrass, which makes it superior for essential oil use.
During harvest time, farmers hike 8km 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 8km 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 labour and attention to detail, this process matches the high standards that doTERRA has for producing quality essential oils.
To learn more about how doTERRA Lemongrass is sourced, watch this video: