Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
The leaves of the lemongrass plant have been commonly used in traditional medicines by our ancient ancestors. Believed to have antioxidant and hypnotic properties, this poignantly scented plant has so much more to offer than the culinary purposes you may well be familiar with.
Little known fact: In Brazilian medicinal folklore, Lemongrass is thought to produce a state of hypnosis due to its calming effect of the mind and body
What does Lemongrass oil smell like
Lemongrass essential oil has an unmistakably lemony scent with earthy, grassy undertones, a strong yet clean and refreshing aroma thought to increase mental clarity and lift the spirits.
Where does Lemongrass oil originate from
Lemongrass is a tropical plant and grows well in warm, humid climates particularly in Asia, which is why it is used in so many traditional asian cuisines. The strong stems of Cymbopogon citratus are hydrosteam distilled to separate the water from the essential oil itself.
What are the properties of Lemongrass oil
Lemongrass essential oil has a wide array of properties that make it an ideal travel companion. Use Lemongrass essence to stave off or recover from jet lag, as a homemade insect repellent, to sharpen mental clarity and soothe headaches. When used topically, Lemongrass smooths and tones the skin, providing suppleness. The anti-fungal and stimulant properties can also help with skincare problems such as itchy scalps and foot odours.
- Skincare & spots
- Hair health
- Reduces inflammation
- Stress relief
- Muscle relaxer
- Menstrual cramps
- Antibacterial & disinfectant
- Insect repellant
How to use Lemongrass oil
The antibacterial qualities of Lemongrass oil means it can be used to treat spots, acne and inflamed skin. It’s astringent nature makes it beneficial for reducing oils which clog the pores and lead to blemishes and spots. Use a few drops of Lemongrass essential in warm water to make an effective toner for the face. Use twice daily for noticeable results. Alternatively, add distilled water and Lemongrass oil to an atomiser spray bottle. Store in the fridge and use within 10 days. To use, simply spray your face and gently wipe off any excess with a cotton pad, using care around the eye area.
When stress, tension, sore muscles, period cramps and headaches have got you feeling uptight, reach for your trusted bottle of Lemongrass oil. Diffuse to breathe in the benefits and relieve the psyche, or massage diluted in a carrier oil to knead out deep set tension.
To freshen your home and kill germs, Lemongrass is a non-toxic alternative to cleaners that are laden with chemicals. You can use the same atomiser solution of water and Lemongrass oil for toning your skin to clean your house, while cutting down on expensive pollutants and reducing plastic waste in the process. The same formula can be used as an air freshener as Lemongrass has natural deodorising properties.
Lemongrass oil recipes
Refreshing Lemongrass Hair Oil
Lemongrass is widely thought to help with hair loss as it is believed to stimulate new growth. Again, its astringent nature is also good for improving the condition of oily hair by soaking up excess grease and oil. Combined with the balancing effects of Lavender essential oil, this hair treatment will leave your tresses feeling and smelling fresh and squeaky clean.
To create your own refreshing hair oil, add the Lemongrass and Lemon oil to a small bottle and roll between your hands to effectively blend the oils. Then, combine with half a cup of olive oil and mix thoroughly. massage regularly into your scalp and the length of your hair to improve hair growth and condition. Leave the treatment on overnight and shampoo out the following morning.
- Half a cup of olive oil
- 5 drops Lemongrass
- 3 drops Lavender oil
Homemade Lemongrass Disinfectant
For a home disinfectant to rival your supermarket brand of cleaner, all you need is a spray bottle, white vinegar and Lemongrass essential oil. The combination of vinegar and Lemongrass will cut through grease, leaving a fresh fragrance. Great for shower doors and anywhere else you would normally use a disinfectant spray.
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 15 drops of Lemongrass oil.
Oils to compliment Lemongrass oil
- Clary Sage
Anything to note?
Always dilute Lemongrass oil. Avoid use if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not consume internally. Keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place.