In Traditional Chinese Medicine Lemongrass is said to promote the movement of Qi in our musculoskeletal system. It is also associated with the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians. Considered to be a premier oil for alleviating hip and leg pain by promoting the movement of Qi. When the Liver Qi ceases to rise upwards, it descends and causes stagnation, and “when there is no free flow, there is pain”. Symbolically the leg is associated with moving forward in life. Consider using Lemongrass for those stuck in their life, and their life choices. It might just help them move forward again.
When I have a client who appears to be stuck where they are and who seems to have difficulty seeing the way forward, Lemongrass is definitely an oil I will consider adding to their blend.
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus C. flexuosus
Family: Poaceae (Gramineae)
Plant Description: Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall, aromatic grass. It grows to a height up to 5-feet. It has yellow-golden leaves and stems, with a network system of roots and rootlets that can rapidly exhaust the soil.
History/Folklore: Lemongrass has been used in East Indian culture for hundreds of years. It plays an important role in Asian cuisine lending a particular taste and fragrance to meats and vegetables. There is also a very long history use in traditional Indian medicine for fevers and infections. Considered to be a sedative for the central nervous system.
Extraction: The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the fresh, and partially dried, leaves that have been finely chopped.
Aroma: Strong, sweet, grassy and lemony.
Odor intensity: High
Perfume Note: Middle note
Blends well with: Geranium, bergamot, citrus oils, ginger, lavender, palmarosa, patchouli, and rosemary.
Chemistry: Consists of around 80% of the aliphatic aldehyde citral (when neral and geranal are present together they are known as citral).
Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, possible dermal irritant so use with care with dermal applications. Avoid in pregnancy.
On a physical level, Lemongrass oil is used as a topical antiseptic and antifungal agent. It also has stimulating and insect repellant properties. It is supportive of the immune system being helpful for fevers and infectious diseases.
On a psychological level, it promotes alertness and optimism and can be helpful in addressing emotions that are stuck.
On a subtle level, Lemongrass brings light to the conscious mind. Lemongrass can also help with discernment. It can be used to clear and cleanse rooms as it dispels negative energy and stimulates psychic awareness.
In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, it has the themes of leadership, the color yellow, gold, and the sun. It is also considered to be an important lymphatic oil and is considered to be one of the most profound oils for the immune system. In SPE, thee lemongrass individual is said to constantly be struggling with issues of leadership and responsibility. The sense of responsibility can make them very serious. They feel the weight of all these people depending on them as a heavy load, this might result in them becoming workaholics.
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