The benefits of lemongrass essential oil

 


 

Cymbopogon citratus

 

Native to islands in South-eastern Asia, lemongrass is a tall grass that grows in tropical climates. Its essential oil is fresh, invigorating and uplifting and one of our firm favourites here at Love to b. An amazingly useful oil, we use it widely across our products due to its therapeutic benefits and gorgeous, lemony scent.  So, what can this amazing oil do, I hear you ask! If you’re feeling down and need a pick me up or want to focus your mind, then lemongrass is for you. It boosts energy levels and can even help to relieve joint pain.

 

How is lemongrass essential oil extracted?

 

Using steam distillation. The whole plant is used. Steam distillation is the most common way to extract essential oils. Steam passes through the plant material. The combination of steam, heat and gentle pressure means that the essential oil is released from microscopic sacs inside the plant. 

 

 

What does lemongrass essential oil smell like?

 

Lemony, fresh and slightly herby.

 

What can lemongrass essential oil be used for?

 

Anti-bacterial: Lemongrass essential oil has been used for a long time to prevent infection and help to heal wounds. It is effective at eradicating many drug resistant bacteria.

 

Anti-fungal: Lemongrass essential oil is effective against some forms of fungi such as those that cause ringworm and athletes foot.

 

Anti-inflammatory: Lemongrass essential oil contains Citral, which is an anti-inflammatory compound. It is seriously effective at reducing inflammation and redness on the skin.

 

Antioxidant: Lemongrass essential oil is full of antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body (free radicals damage cells). 

 

Insect repellent: This oil has been shown to repel insects.

 

Commonly asked questions

 

Does Lemongrass Essential oil lighten skin?

 

When properly diluted in a carrier oil, the limonene in lemongrass oil may help lighten and brighten skin, unclog pores, and reduce acne and acne scars.

 

Can I use Lemongrass essential oil on my face?

 

With the proper dilution in a carrier oil, lemongrass essential oil is the ideal choice for skincare. It helps to remove impurities, detoxify the skin, and leave it feeling clean and clear. It is also packed full of antioxidants that help to fight damaging free radicals which are harmful to your skin.

 

Can I use lemongrass essential oil directly on the skin?

 

No, that isn’t recommended. Lemongrass essential oil does need to be diluted in a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond. Use up to 12 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil. As always, we recommend doing a patch test if your skin is particularly sensitive.

 

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