By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)
We’ve discussed essential oils before. They are the aromatic liquid that is distilled from plants, shrubs, trees, roots, leaves, and seeds. Lemongrass is one of Lisa’s favorite essential oils. Its ability to help repair torn ligaments, tendons, and cartilage make it a useful tool in a massage therapist’s hands. It also helpful to relieve digestive stress, high blood pressure, and kidney function. Here are a few other things lemongrass can help with:
- Nerve damage
- Tissue repair
- High blood pressure
- Kidney function
- Insect repellent
To get one drop of essential oil, an entire plant is used. The extreme processes needed to distill the oils make it expensive to purchase them. Despite the price, it is important to use 100% therapeutic grade essential oil. These oils are the purest and the most potent.
Essential oils should be diluted with an organic, high grade mixing oil, such as coconut oil, when used to massage animals. Large animals, such as horses, are generally not quite as sensitive and the oil may be applied at full strength once a smell test has been conducted. To learn more about contraindications, dilution ratios, and tolerance testing on animals, sign up for Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Animals.
To purchase lemongrass oil and other essential oils, visit the RMSAAM store.
*Lemongrass facts from WebMD