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The Surprising Health Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Often used in Asia to flavor culinary dishes and teas, lemongrass offers a number of health benefits. Chinese medicine used lemongrass to relieve physical discomfort and stimulate circulation, particularly when it came to joint and muscle issues. The oil also possesses natural digestive properties that help protect against the odd stomach upset.

The oil supports skin, particularly when it comes to purifying and toning. Additionally, lemongrass increases awareness and reduces negative feelings. The oil’s natural ability to repel insects, make it one powerful agent to have on hand when you’re venturing outdoors. Check out this homemade bug spray with Lemongrass

Application: 1:4 dilution. Topically, Inhaled, Diffused, Dietary Supplement.

Safety Precautions*: For sensitive skin, dilute heavily. Do not use on children 18 months or younger.

Blends well with: Basil, Cardamom, or Spearmint.

health benefits of lemongrass essential oil

Here are more health benefits of lemongrass essential oil

Need to get rid of some pesky fleas? Add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your dog’s shampoo.

Do you need a more positive outlook on life? Maybe you have just recently found yourself sporting a negative attitude. If so, place just a single drop of lemongrass essential oil into the palm of one of your hands. Rub your hands together firmly, and then inhale slowly for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Varicose veins are unsightly, and you can’t be blamed for wanting to hide or cover up your legs if you suffer from this condition. Don’t worry, lemongrass can rescue you from this situation as well. Add 2 drops of cypress oil to 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil and combine with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil. Apply directly to your varicose veins once or twice a day.

Do you have ligament or muscle discomfort? Lemongrass seems to be excellent in helping the body regenerate connective tissue, and helps regulate blood flow. It is also said to be great in supporting the body with head tension. See this study: Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus.

 

*Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. There is a difference of opinion on whether or not Lemongrass has the same photosensitive reactions on the skin. To be safe, avoid sunlight or UV rays for at least 12 hours after applying. Always consult your healthcare professional if you are pregnant, nursing, or under a health practitioner’s care.

 

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Eat Late and Lose Weight

4 foods for late-night eating that can help you lose fat

Quick question for those of you who work out, but still can’t seem to drop a few pounds: Do you ever eat late at night?

It is pretty widely accepted that this is a no-no for weight loss, but if you answered yes, don’t worry. I may have a solution for all that night-time eating.

Although it is generally accepted, is eating right before bed a bad thing if you want to lose weight? Well, yes and no. Why it is generally not a good idea to eat certain foods before hitting the pillow, there are foods that are not only OK, but they can actually help you lose fat!

What foods should you steer away from if you want to lose weight? The answer is foods laden with bad carbs. The main reason for this is that fast burning carbohydrates increase your insulin. Too much blood sugar and insulin can lead to more fat storage and less fat burning.

So, what’s the alternative? Good quality, slow digesting proteins. In a nutshell, they provide your body with amino acids that help you recover from that exercise class you took after work and maintain lean muscle as you lose fat in addition to boost your body’s metabolism (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008)

According a study published in “The British Journal of Nutrition” in 2014 eating 30 grams of whey or casein protein 30 minutes before sleep causes a higher resting energy expenditure the next morning.

eat late and loose weight

Eating protein before bed not only boosts your body’s metabolism while you sleep, it may also increase your metabolism into the next morning.

Try these alternatives:

  1. White Animal Meat (not fish) – White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey digest slowly and have a very low insulin release. They also promote the release of glucagon, a hormone that helps the body break down stored carbs and fat.
  2. Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and also stimulates glucagon release. Just make sure you steer away from the flavored varieties that contain added sugars.
  3. Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake – In addition to the above benefits, this alternative can certainly satisfy any sweet craving you may have.
  4. Green Veggies – Ok, these are not on the high protein list, but they are very low in calories and high in fiber. You can eat these until the cows come home (or until you are comfortably full).

Next time you are feeling peckish at night, you can try these alternative late night foods to both satisfy your hunger and lose weight.