TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Feb 3, 2020, 09:00 IST
01/6High cholesterol can make life difficult!
Close to 80% of Indians suffer from cholesterol problems and needless to say, high cholesterol flare-up is an unwanted health risk. When you don’t manage it well, you can suffer from a host of additional health problems including stress, high BP, obesity, heart complications, hypertension, and even hypothyroidism.
02/6Making the right changes is important!
While it is important to make crucial changes and reversals to treat the condition (including eating a healthy diet and engaging in brisk physical activity), studies have also found that using essential oils may potentially lower cholesterol levels safely without side effects that often occur by using cholesterol medications. Wondering how? We tell you.
03/6Lemongrass essential oil to the rescue!
Aromatherapy offers benefits that can heal and protect the body naturally. One such easy remedy can be found in lemongrass essential oil. Commonly used as a kitchen ingredient to flavour up dishes, lemongrass essential oil, brought into use can also help manage cholesterol levels in an effective way and the reasons lies in the chemical composition of the very leaf!
According to science, lemongrass oil contains terpenoid compounds such as geraniol and citral that decrease cholesterol levels. These compounds inhibit the production of mevalonic acid, an intermediary in the production of cholesterol and the target of many cholesterol-lowering pharmaceutical drugs.
04/6Protects against inflammation
Lemongrass can also curb some of the associated side effects caused by high cholesterol levels. A study conducted in 2010 found out that regular use of lemongrass oil or extract stimulates the production of antioxidants in the body which prevents attacks and actively works to fight inflammation, which is one of the prime causes for rampant obesity. It also works to lower the production of lipid levels in the body, helping you fight the issue from the root. All of these benefits, combined with a healthy lifestyle can help undo the damage done by cholesterol rise.
05/6How to use it
It is important to note that these essential oils should never be taken internally unless they have been properly diluted. You can also consume lemongrass oil by drinking lemongrass tea, by infusing the leaves in hot water. This oil is safe to be used internally and topically.
You can also use lemongrass essential oil by ingesting 1-2 drops(or used with a safe carrier oil) daily.
06/6Other helpful remedies
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While clinical studies are still underway, researchers have found that other natural oils and compositions such as clove oil, lavender oil may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with cholesterol rise up and help manage the condition in a better way, if used regularly.
Lavender oil, for one, has been found to be helpful in managing rising stress levels and promoting good blood and oxygen flow in the body. Grapefruit oil is another remedy that acts as a detoxifying agent for the body, cutting away bad cholesterol and excess fat from the body. Studies have also found that cinnamon is another agent which can help cut back on cholesterol and help you stay healthy in the long run.
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