From medicinal to cosmetic, Lemongrass oil has a lot to offer. This oil can be a natural replacement for the acetone based nail polish remover that is widely used. Because of its naturally lemony scent, it can be used as a deodorizer too. Lemongrass oil has antimicrobial activity and also a natural bug/insect repellant. You can dab a little on your toddler’s onesies to keep bugs away.
What is it?
At Speaking Herbs, we ethically source superior quality lemongrass stalks, and they are steam distilled to extract the oil. The oil is separated from the distillation unit carefully and packed in amber coloured bottles such that it is not affected by heat and other external factors.
The main constituents of lemongrass oil are myrcene, citral, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, and limonene.
Lemongrass oil has many benefits ranging from medicinal to cosmetic. Some medicinal benefits of lemongrass oil are that it is used to reduce fever, can relieve stress and cure headaches. It can also be used to prevent menstrual pain in women and it promotes digestive health as well.
Some animal studies state that lemongrass oil can help prevent cancer cells from multiplying in the body. There has been human studies to prove the same.
Apart from medicinal use, lemongrass oil can be used for face, hair, nails and as a room freshener or deodorizer. It is known as an insect repellant and can be used for the same.
What we just thought as a flavoring agent with medicinal properties can be used for a variety of things. Surprised, are you? Read on to find the benefits of lemongrass oil for your skin, hair, nail and oral care.
Lemongrass oil is an essential oil and must be diluted with a carrier oil before using it topically.
Why Is It Good For My Skin?
- The antimicrobial properties of the oil removes the bacteria trapped in the pores and its anti-inflammatory properties treat the skin inflammation caused by acne
- Lemongrass oil has a detoxifying quality which will help your skin to glow.
- Being a natural anti-inflammatory lemongrass oil offers soothing pain relief and reduces inflammation which makes it a wonderful oil to use for relieving pain in inflamed joints.
- It can help to strengthen skin tissues helping to firm up sagging skin.
- Lemongrass oil is a natural moisturizer and can nourish your skin leading you to a healthy and glowing skin.
- Lemongrass essential oil contains limonene, which naturally lightens the skin.
- As a natural antiseptic lemongrass oil can heal wounds and rashes.
- It has a fresh and uplifting smell which makes lemongrass oil a natural deodorant.
- As a natural insect repellent, you can use it as a bug repellent.
Lemongrass oil is known to relieve stress and anxiety.
Why Is It Good For My Hair?
- It can help in reducing hair fall and regrowth of hair.
- Lemongrass oil helps in promoting scalp health and gets rid of dandruff.
- It can help you take care of your beard efficiently leading you to have a wholesome beard.
Why Is It Good For My Nails?
- Lemongrass oil is an effective nail polish remover. Brownie points for the fact that is is completely natural and will not weaken your nails or have other harmful effects on your body.
- It has antifungal properties which can help in treating fungal infections in toenails.
Why Is It Good For My Oral Care?
- It can cure dental problems like tooth decay, plaque and periodontitis.
- Its astringent property can strengthen your gums.
- It can cure bad breath.
How Can I Use It ?
Use it with a moisturizer
Take 2-3 drops of lemongrass oil and 1/4th cup of a carrier oil (preferably argan). Mix it well and store in a place away from direct sunlight. Apply at night right before you jump into bed for smooth and glowing skin.
Use it for the treatment of acne and blemish
For chronic acne, take one drop of lemongrass oil and two drops of a carrier oil (preferably argan or jojoba) and stir it well. Dab a cotton into the blend and apply it on your acne and blemishes.
Use it as a natural deodorant
Take 4-5 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of a carrier oil (preferably jojoba or argan) and little baking soda. Mix and apply on slightly damp underarm skin.
Use it for wounds and rashes
Take 2 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of a carrier oil (preferably coconut) and stir it well. Dip a cotton ball in the blend and apply it on the affected areas.
Use it to get relief from joint pain
Combine 2 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of sweet almond oil and stir it well. Gently massage on aching joints. Use it twice a day.
Use it as an insect repellent
Take 3-4 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of a carrier oil (preferably almond or jojoba) and stir the mixture well. Apply it on your skin to prevent insect bites.
Use it for hair growth
Take 4-5 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of coconut oil and mix it well. Gently massage the mixture on your scalp. This is great for promoting hair growth and leaving your hair shining.
Use it against dandruff
Take 3-4 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of a carrier oil (preferably coconut or almond) and mix it well. Apply the blend on your scalp and let it rest for 30 min and then wash it with an organic shampoo.
Use it as a natural nail polish remover
Sprinkle 3-4 drops of lemongrass oil on a cotton ball and gently wipe off the nail polish.
Use it as an antifungal agent
Take 2-3 drops of lemongrass oil and one tablespoon of a carrier oil (preferably almond or coconut) and mix it well. Gently apply it around the affected area.
Use it against bad breath
Add 10-15 drops of lemongrass oil in one cup of water and swish the resulting mouthwash for few minutes in your mouth.
Can i consume it?
No, you are not supposed to ingest the oils. They can be toxic when swallowed.
Are there any risks associated?
It might not suit every skin type and hence you should first try it on your forearm to check for rashes, irritation or redness or a burning sensation. Pregnant women should avoid using it frequently. Lemongrass oil can be toxic for cats, and it is advised to keep it away from them.
Q : Is the lemongrass oil of Speaking Herbs diluted?
No, the lemongrass oil of Speaking Herbs is not diluted and should not be used without mixing it with a carrier oil.
Q : Does the lemongrass oil of Speaking Herbs has any added fragrance?
No, the lemongrass oil of Speaking Herbs does not have any added fragrance.
Q : Is lemongrass oil dangerous for pets?
Lemongrass oil might be toxic to cats but can be used to apply on a dog’s coat as flea repellent but be careful not to use too much of the oil.
Q : How can i use lemongrass oil on my dog’s coat from fleas?
First, let your dog smell the oil from a distance and if it accepts the smell then only use lemongrass oil. Then, add 5 drops of lemongrass oil in one cup of water to mix your own spray. Apply the spray on your dog’s coat. It is advisable to consult your vet first about using lemongrass oil.
Q : Is it necessary to mix lemongrass oil with a carrier oil?
Yes, it is necessary to dilute lemongrass oil with a carrier oil as it is an essential oil and needs to be diluted.
What are the other benefits of lemongrass oil?
There are multiple benefits of lemongrass oil but to name a few they are it helps in maintaining the regular flow of menstrual cycle and can relieve menstrual cramps and pain, it can reduce fever, it can improve immunity and works efficiently for indigestion. Moreover, it helps cure insomnia and anxiety and it is good for your heart. In addition to these lemongrass oil can be used for home cleaning purposes.
Q : What is the shelf life of lemongrass oil?
The shelf life of lemongrass oil is 2-3 years.
Q : Can lemongrass oil help in eliminating foot odour?
Yes, lemongrass oil can help in eliminating foot odour. Fill a plastic tub with water and add 10-15 drops of lemongrass oil and stir well. Soak your feet for 15-20 min and then pat your skin dry. Lemongrass oil can also be used for the treatment of athlete’s foot.