All About Essential Oils: The Benefits of Lemongrass
Not to be mistaken for Lemon, Lemongrass Essential Oil is a versatile, beneficial oil used in everything from gourmet cooking to skin care products. While it can be used for many things, it is truly special.
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus) has an herbaceous and lemony aroma. Appearance-wise, a bundle of lemongrass resembles a bundle of scallions.is often used in Thai cooking and it makes for a delicious glass of iced tea.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass
Lemongrass contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6. You'll also find antioxidant Vitamin C, zinc, potasssium, magnesium and folate.
In aromatherapy, Lemongrass Essential Oil has been traditionally used for its stress reduction benefits. It is a wonderful natural deodorant and antiperspirant.
Lemongrass has a high geraniol and citral content, which makes it effective at repelling pesky mosquitoes without using harmful ingredients such as DEET.
It is believed by many experts that Lemongrass may ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If you suffer from digestive woes, menstrual cramps or nausea, there is research suggesting Lemongrass may help ease the symptoms.
There has been quite a bit of research into this essential oil as well. Medical research using this oil has shown that there are both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits.
In a 2008 study, essential oils including Lemongrass were studied to see if they could help inhibit methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In this study, it showed that Lemongrass actually had the highest level of inhibition against the bacteria.
(Chao, S., Young, G., Oberg, C. and Nakaoka, K. (2008), Inhibition of methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by essential oils. Flavour Fragr. J., 23: 444–449. doi: 10.1002/ffj.1904)
Beauty Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil
In skin care, Lemongrass Essential Oil holds many benefits. As it is antibacterial, it may help to lessen acne flare ups and act as an astringent to help tone and clarify the skin. It may also help temporarily give pores a smaller appearance. Excess sebum may be better controlled by using products containing lemongrass as opposed to stronger ingredients that will strip the skin on its natural oils. Additionally, Lemongrass shows anti-fungal properties, so if you have skin issues caused by a fungus, it may help improve the visible effects.
Oils to Blend with Lemongrass
- Ylang Ylang essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Palmarosa essential oil
- Coriander essential oil
- Clary Sage essential oil
Seed Beneficial Blends:
Lemongrass is actually quite delightful as a single note aroma! It is perfect in our Lip Oil, Body Wash & Body Oil!
We are excited to share our Quease-Ease blend, too. If you have ever experienced the effects of morning sickness or sea-sickness (or perhaps motion sickness in general), we suggest this aromatherapy blend. The three oils -- Ginger, Lemongrass & Peppermint -- work in synergy to help combat those unpleasant effects.
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