November 22, 2021
A recent study was conducted to evaluate the physiological effects of lemongrass massage oil on human vital signs. Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf., a tall perennial grass, is native to warm regions and grows in almost all tropical and subtropical countries. It is widely used as an ingredient in Asian cuisines because of its sharp lemon flavor.
The biologically active constituent of lemongrass is citral, which constitutes more than 75% w/w, of its essential oil. Lemongrass essential oil is used to cure acne, oily skin, and scabies. It has also been used to combat flatulence, as a carminative, stimulant, emmenagogue and diuretic, for the treatment of headaches, and for blood circulation problems and excessive perspiration due to its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal activities.
A clinical study found that a massage with lemongrass essential oil diluted in sweet almond oil harmonized the function of the nervous system and reduced diastolic blood pressure, which could improve emotional and stress states. Three groups were included in the study: lemongrass/sweet almond oil massage, sweet almond oil only massage, and massage without any oils. A 60-minute massage was performed once weekly for three weeks, which included the feet, legs, knee, abdomen, neck, face, and head.