Gout Remedies, How about Lemongrass Essential Oil
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The plant-form of lemongrass is safe for most people, commonly used in food and beverages. But the story could be slightly different for its essential oil, highly-concentrated form. In higher concentrated amounts, the oil might cause negative reaction for some people.
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Possible side effects include allergic reaction, skin irritation, drowsiness, and dizziness. To keep safe, always dilute the essential oil in carrier oil before applying on the treatment area. Remember, the oil is absorbed into the skin. It could be toxic if too much absorbed, too much used or if you apply it without carrier oil.
Also, do a patch test first to see whether it’s OK for your skin. And keep it away from sensitive areas such as the eyes or any mucous membranes.
For more guidance, see a doctor before administering lemongrass essential oil for your gout. This is particularly true if you also have certain conditions such as being pregnant /breastfeeding, liver disease, respiratory condition, or diabetes. Don’t use it to replace your regular gout treatment, unless under your doctor’s supervision.
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- Cymbopogon citratus as anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, The National Institute of Health (2014).
- Lemongrass and Sweet Almond Massage Oil, published on ResearchGate (2015).