Clear Your Mind and Body with Lemongrass

Lemongrass - cymbopogon citratus staupfAfter a February of record snowfall in Colorado, spring is finally here. The sun is out, the temps are warmer, and Mother Nature is coming out of her slumber. We, too, are crawling out of hibernation and looking to revitalize ourselves. We yearn to unclog our sluggishness, and lemongrass can help us do this by clearing our minds and our bodies.

Lemongrass (Cympobogon citratus) brings our brain in focus by reducing a lack of concentration, clearing mental fatigue, and helping us deal with stress. It also elevates our mood by making nervous exhaustion and irritability easier to handle, with a lemony scent to brighten the day.

Once we have lifted our emotions, our bodies will need a jump-start after bundling up all winter. Eating lighter foods is a nice change after a rich, heavy winter diet. Drinking more water can also be a benefit at this time. We can use lemongrass to assist us in detoxing our systems now, too. As a diuretic, it helps the kidneys to flush out waste. It also stimulates the lymphatic system to inspire lymphatic drainage.

With lemongrass’ abilities to reactivate us, it’s a great addition to a salt scrub that removes bodily congestion through improved circulation. Here’s a recipe that will wake up your mind, body and spirit:
Spring Salt Scrub
2 cups sea salt
7 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
14 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
8 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
1 cup grapeseed oil
Mix ingredients together and store in a glass jar. To use, stand in the shower and apply by the handful to the body, avoiding the face and any sensitive skin. Start with the extremities and work towards the heart. Be careful in the shower as it will be slippery. After scrubbing, wash, rinse, towel dry, and apply moisturizer.

How do you use aromatherapy to welcome spring?