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10 Unexpected Benefits of Lemongrass You Need To Know

10 Unexpected Benefits of Lemongrass You Need To Know

Lemongrass is incredibly popular in cooking, particularly Asian cuisine. Considering how delicious it is, it isn’t difficult to see why. However, despite being celebrated for it’s delicious flavor, lemongrass has a great deal more to offer the world. Check out some of the surprising benefits of the plant that you probably didn’t know about.

1. Insect Repellent

Strangely enough, not all of the benefits of lemongrass are health or beauty based. The plant is full of essential oils which have an array of benefits. Geranoil, borneol and citronellol in particular repel bugs, and the latter is the primary active ingredient in citronella candles.

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2. Cancer Prevention

Lemongrass contains several different flavonoids that work as antioxidants which can help to prevent certain types of cancer. According to research published in the August 2012 issue of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, one particular flavonoid called luteolin has the ability to slow the growth and hasten the death of certain types of cancer cells.

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In addition, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, the essential oils in lemongrass can slow the growth of cancer cells in liver cancer, breast cancers and leukaemia in particular.

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3. Digestive Aid

Lemongrass tea has been known to assist with indigestion, abdominal pain, colds, intestinal cramps and diarrhoea. It can also help to reduce and prevent the formation of intestinal gas.

4. Detoxing

Lemongrass is fantastic for a cleanse as it contains properties that remove toxic substances and uric acid. This, along with the supposed increase in urination that it results in, is highly beneficial for the digestive organs.

5. Periods and Cramps

Lemongrass unfortunately can’t prevent painful periods, but it does help to do the next best thing. The essential oils contained in the plant acts as a mild muscle relaxant and is therefore beneficial when consumed and applied to the skin. Therefore, lemongrass tea can help to relieve muscle cramps, spasms and nausea. When rubbed into the skin it can have a warming effect, which can aid in sore muscles. Just remember that you should probably use a carrier oil to mix with the essential oil, as opposed to applying it directly to the skin by itself.

6. Lowers Blood Pressure

Lemongrass can effectively reduce blood pressure by stimulating blood circulation. In addition, consumption of lemongrass juice has been claimed to help reduce hypertension.

7. Helps With Inflammation

Lemongrass has been known to relieve a variety of inflammation and irritability problems associated with aches and pains. As such, it can help to relieve ailments such as toothache, muscle pain and joint pain.

8. Skin Health

Due to the aforementioned antioxidants contained in lemongrass, it helps to repair your skin. This, along with it being rich in Vitamin A, means that it will continue to look young and fresh for longer. Furthermore, it’s been reported that it can helped to reduce pimples and acne.

9. Body Odor

This claim hasn’t been 100% verified, but some believe that lemongrass is an effective combatant of body odor. This is most likely due to the sweet, pungent aroma of the plant that could conceivably be strong enough to eliminate, or at least mask, smelly armpits. So go right ahead and use a lemongrass based product for this purpose; just don’t expect much from rubbing a stalk straight into your pits.

10. Air Freshener

Due to the aforementioned sweet and strong smell of lemongrass, it makes for the perfect air freshener. As such, it’s immensely popular in both candles and oil (for oil burners). I personally recommend burning it in your bathroom to eliminate unwanted smells (especially if you have two cats, like I do) or finding a lemongrass scented air freshener for your car.
 

Featured photo credit: Lemongrass via 1.bp.blogspot.com

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Tegan is a passionate journalist, writer and editor. She writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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