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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.

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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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Studies show strong link between sleep and weight loss. So sleep more, lose weight!

Sleep is one of my most favorite past-times and one that I don’t indulge in as much as I want, and I’m certainly not alone in this, but maybe it’s time to take another crack at prioritizing “proper” sleep as a way to shed a few unwanted pounds.

I know you are thinking of the of the obvious reasons that a good night’s sleep can potentially help you lose weight. No sleep leads to no energy, which leads to no workout, which leads to the doldrums and a king sized Snickers bar, so let’s all get enough rest, right? Why this may be true, there are other biochemical reasons.

Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep is what most people need in order to rejuvenate. And while swigging down a triple latte and donut may artificially give you a boost of energy, your body isn’t fooled. When you don’t get enough sleep, there are three very important reactions that occur.

  1. The first is that your body makes too much of the hormone ghrelin. Ghrelin’s job is to let our brain know when it is time to eat. This is a good hormone to have when everything is functionally properly. However, lack of sleep triggers the production of more ghrelin, resulting in more cravings.
  1. While inadequate sleep increases ghrelin on the one hand, it also has the consequence of decreasing the hormone leptin on the other. Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain when you’ve had enough. When leptin levels are low, your brain doesn’t get the message.
  1. Although the combination of too much ghrelin and too little leptin can have an undesirable effect on our waistline, this is compounded by a third hormone imbalance, cortisol. Too little sleep triggers higher levels of this stress hormone and signals your body to conserve energy. Basically, your body goes into survival mode and holds on to stored fat to be used for energy later.

Researchers found that when dieters cut back on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55%, even though they ate the same amount of calories. They felt hungrier and less full after meals, and they had very little energy.

According to University of Chicago researchers, lack of sleep makes you “metabolically groggy,”. Within just 4 days of insufficient sleep, your body’s ability to process insulin, a hormone needed to change sugar, starches, and other food into energy, goes down drastically. Insulin sensitivity went down by more than 30% which is very bad news. When your body doesn’t respond properly to insulin, your body has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream, so it ends up storing them as fat.

So if you change to getting enough sleep, your body can get better control of the metabolism and you can lose weight more effectively.

If you are like me, you WANT to sleep more, but there are a million-and-one reasons why you don’t. Some of us bring our work home with us and work late into the night. Some of us are busy parents and just don’t get everything done until the kids are off to bed. Some of us just plain ol’ have trouble sleeping. Check out our article 13 tips for better sleep naturally to give you a kick start in the right direction. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort.

Your belly will thank you for it :-).

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Clean Naturally with This Cheap and Easy Recipe

I have been on a quest to find a DIY natural, effective, safe, and cheap granite countertop cleaner that even my kids can use. I found tons of recipes and variations of recipes out there and put together my favorite conglomeration for an environmentally friendly granite cleaner recipe that will also clean many other surfaces in your home.

So, in my research I found out that stone surfaces do not do well with acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar, etc). These ingredients can actually “etch” your countertops and traditional cleaning products like Windex can strip the sealant off your stone. There is always soap and water, or even just water, but this leaves your countertops looking streaky or dull.

So, what’s a girl to do besides buy the special granite cleaner at $7 a pop for a mere 12 ounces? Check out this inexpensive recipe for a clean, shiny, streak-free, granite countertop (and some):


Recipe

  • ¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
  • 3 drops dishwashing liquid
    I recommend castile soap or an organic brand, but check the label for citric acid
  • 2 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
    Lemon essential oil masks the alcohol smell and has great shining, cleansing, and purifying properties. Don’t worry, there is no citric acid in the essential oil, so I am not contradicting myself. Also, I only use pure essential oils.
  • Spray bottle
    I am not a big fan of plastic, so I recommend using glass

Place all the ingredients in the spray bottle, shake gently, and you are ready to go!

Here is what you can use this amazing cleanser for*:

  • granite countertops (of course)
  • mirrors
  • stainless steel
  • porcelain
  • fiberglass
  • plastic
  • laminate
  • cooktops
  • microwaves
  • doorknobs
  • toilet seats

I am sure the list can go on and on. Let us all know if you come up with other uses or tweaks for this recipe. Happy cleaning and be well! -Lynn & Jon

 

*Here’s my little disclaimer. I haven’t tried this out on ALL surfaces but have read of other’s success. Check with the manufacturer and test this on a small area if you are uncertain.