There’s nothing as distinctive as the fresh scent of a lemongrass field. I came across one for the first time in Zanzibar while on a trip with some colleagues and the scent was unmistakable: clean, crisp and citrusy!
Fast-forward a few months later and lemongrass essential oil benefits and uses seemed to consistently come up in conversations I had and articles I read. What ultimately made me curious enough to start my research on this herb was when I heard a skin expert mention it as one of the essential oils she infuses into her facial oil.
Health Benefits of Lemongrass
For centuries, lemongrass has been used to make medicine because of its detoxifying and pain relief benefits. Don’t let the citrusy scent fool you, this herb has incredible healing properties including:
- Lowers cholestoral
- Flushes out toxins from your body
- Helps to treat certain cancers
- Provides nasal relief
- Boosts immunity
Obviously, this herb has more to it than meets the eye. It’s famously known for use in Thai dishes and it’s aromatic appeal but lemongrass is also great for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Infusing Lemongrass Essential Oil into your Skincare
Looking for a good toner? Well, you’re in luck because lemongrass essential oil acts as a fantastic cleanser thanks to its healing and astringent properties.
Not only will it help strengthen skin tissue but it helps kill bacteria and sterilizes pores which also ultimately will help fight off acne. A great way to infuse it into your skincare routine would be to mix a tablespoon of honey with a couple drops of tea tree oil and a drop of lemongrass.
Just remember that all you need is a small drop as it’s quite potent which is great because once opened, it should be good for about three to five years. And like any new product or essential oil that you’d like to test out on your skin, try doing a patch test first to see if it irritates your skin.