Cymbopogon citratus or commonly known as lemongrass, is an essential oil extracted from the leaves and stalks of the lemongrass plant.
As the name suggests, it has a citrus scent to it and is generally pale or light yellow in colour.
It can easily be found in skincare/beauty products and is also widely used in the culinary world; where its fragrant dried leaves are used to brew tea. It also has multiple medicinal uses, commonly found in herbal supplements.
If you wish to learn more about lemongrass essential oil, along with its multiple benefits, keep reading!
1. Antibacterial properties
Lemongrass is known to be able to fight and kill bacteria, with studies showing that it has been effective in fighting strains of Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria. It has been able to work through bacteria known to be drug resistant.
A study conducted in 2015 shows that lemongrass oil is effective in getting rid of dandruff; wherein an anti-dandruff tonic was mixed with lemongrass oil and significant decrease in dandruff was observed.
3. Helps ease diarrhoea
It can help with an upset stomach, nausea and ulcers. Essentially what it does is reduces intestinal motility thereby causing the diarrhoea to slow down as well.
Where the ulcers are concerned, the oil creates a lining against the damage caused by the ulcers and thus decreases the pain caused as a consequence.
4. Acts as a relaxant
A popular use for any essential oil is in its diluted form; for massages and relaxation. It is said to have a "harmonizing effects" on the nervous system, when applied before a massage; with researchers stating that it helps reduce ones diastolic blood pressure.
5. Bug repellant
It can be used to create an all-natural bug repellant by mixing up a batch of the essential oil and distilled water. It’s simple, effective and the best part, it has no toxins.
From easing your stomach to killing off those nasty mosquitos, lemongrass oil has proven to be indeed a multipurpose essential oil.
Always be sure to dilute the essential oil with any carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, etc as it is very potent and may cause skin sensitivity to some.
If you wish to try out some for yourself, check out Satthwa’s lemongrass essential oil.