In the past week or two here at the Cosy Cottage HQ, I've noticed there have been a lot (and I mean a lot) of flies and midges pestering us in the garden. After the tough winter, they are out in their droves annoying us and the pets as we try to enjoy a bit of time outside in the Howardian Hills. The swallows which normally lend us a helping hand in keeping them at bay haven't made their full appearance just yet - we have only spotted two in the garden so far whereas other years we have had lots of visitors.
We have been using our Lemongrass Essential Oil Soy Wax Candle to keep the midges at bay and it has been working brilliantly. As it so happens, we are making our Lemongrass Essential Oil Soy Wax Candle with our lovely customers at our Workshop & Demo in the York Science Park on 20th May. Lemongrass repels mosquitoes, flies and midges. You may have used a citronella candle in the past. Citronella is a natural oil found in lemongrass, a fast-growing ornamental plant. But lemongrass goes beyond being a very handy insect repellant(as well as a delicious ingredient in teas, desserts and asian dishes!)
Lemongrass is said to relieve menstrual cramps. According to some studies, drinking lemongrass tea is said to help women with menstrual cramps along with easing nausea and irritability.
The essential oil is also known to relieve headaches. The calming and soothing effects of the handy oil have the power to relieve the pain, pressure, or tension that can cause headaches. Just breathing in the gorgeous fragrance could be all you need to shift that headache.
Whilst we tend to associate lavender as being the primary essential oil of relaxation, the calming scent of lemongrass oil is also said to relieve anxiety and irritability, and insomnia. The oil is also known to help to improve the duration and quality of sleep.
You can also use the oil as a natural deodoriser. We use our candle in the kitchen after cooking when guests are coming round to neutralise the smell.
Using the oil directly on the skin or ingesting it can have a wide range of brilliant benefits too from reducing fevers to healing wounds.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Lemongrass essential oil. Let us know if you would like to see it featured in any other products via the contact page or in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!