The reason “why” I added Lemongrass Essential Oil into my Immune 8 blend was because of its anti-microbial (ability to destroy the virus, bacteria, and fungi).
Lemongrass is a grassy plant –Used in many Thai and Chinese dishes. Lemongrass has been used in Indian traditional medicine for helping the immune system with fever and infectious illnesses. It is noted for helping the nervous system with headaches, fatigue, and stress conditions. It helps the digestive system with indigestion and colitis. Has been reported at helping the circulation and muscles, as well as joints with pain and tone. In addition, it helps skin conditions such as acne, and athletes’ foot, and is used as an insect repellent (The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils).
Safety data states that it is non-toxic but can irritate the skin. Never apply directly on the skin always dilute to 2% for adults and half of that for children. Immune 8 is diluted for you and ready to use! There is a variation of appropriate drops to carriers on different essential oil websites. For 2% adult dilution use 12 drops to one ounce of your carrier oil or lotion (Esoteric Oils).
The lemongrass is grown in the West Indies (C. Citratus) and East Indies (C. flexuosus), Sri Lanka (C. flexuosus), Guatemala, and India (C. Citratus/C. Flexuosus). C. Citratus is commonly used in food. Lemongrass tea is consumed for type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension In Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, and Tanzania (Garba et al., 2020). Lemongrass is used in Cuba for lowering blood pressure and treating rheumatism. Argentina uses lemongrass tea for sore throat and empacho (infant stomach problems). Brazil uses lemongrass for its antispasmodic, analgesic, antipyretic, sedative, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory compounds (Naser et al., 2018).
Active constituents (chemical makeup) are unique to just that plant, tree, or shrub. Various parts of that plant (stem, leaves, bark, resin, flowers) are used in making oil and can contain different active constituents designed by nature for protection and growth. The location in the world where the plant is grown affects its therapeutic nature as well. The mixture of the chemistry of the plant gives it the aroma. There are several ways to extract the oil but mostly the oil is produced by steam distillation. This is known as the best method without harming active ingredients.
The top three citral properties (chemistry constituents or compounds) of Lemongrass are the aldehydes of geranial at 41.4% citral-a, neral at 33.9% citral-b, and the monoterpene of geraniol at 6.3% (Ayurvedic Oils). The benefits of just these three constituents, better known as citral are amazing.
Below are evidential research findings on Lemongrass oil as anti-viral, anti-fungal, & anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and other factors. If you wish to read the complete article, just copy the DOI number into the address search bar.
The active ingredient or constituent in lemongrass is linalool oxide and epoxy-linalool oxide and is part of the compound monoterpene. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activity. Active ingredients that makeup citral are neral and geranial which have been found to be anti-carcinogenic. When the immune system macrophages are active they release inflammatory cytokines IL-1B and IL-6. Lemongrass oil was able to inhibit those actions in vivo and vitro which may help with inflammatory diseases. http://www.aromaticscience.com/lemongrass-effects-on-il-1beta-and-il-6-production-by-macrophages/
The list of benefits of all 8 essential oils put into the Immune 8 blend can be found here https://immune8.com/immune-8-blend-and-beneficial-actions/
Essential oils are an easy way to boost your immune system and can help defend against viruses and other germs, check out Immune8.com
To Your Health & Happiness!!