About Lemongrass Oil
This fragrant, herbal plant is a perennial grass that is native to southern Asia and northern Africa. Its oil is obtained through steam distillation of the grasses, and offers a fresh, lemony scent.
Widely used to flavour and enhance various culinary dishes, beverages and even candy, lemongrass is also commonly used in the manufacturing of soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, massage oils, and muscle balms. In traditional Chinese folk medicine, lemongrass has been used to treat colds, headaches, stomachaches and rheumatic pain.
How It Works
More than just an invigorating, citrusy scent, lemongrass also offers deodorizing benefits, making it an excellent addition to many cosmetic and personal care products. But it also does so much more than that.
Its antibacterial and antifungal capabilities make it useful for those with acne or who are prone to breakouts due to an oilier skin type. It works by clearing away bacteria that clog up pores, keeping them open and reducing the likelihood of further breakouts.
With analgesic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties as well as a rejuvenating scent, lemongrass oil is able to help relieve pain, and can assist in reducing headaches and fever. It works because lemongrass contains phytonutrients that improve blood circulation, which in turn can help relieve muscle pain, spasms and cramps, sprains, bruising, and even backaches.
While lemongrass oil is known to be non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and generally classified as safe, some people may have an allergic reaction or irritation to this ingredient, particularly those who are allergic to plants in the Cymbopogon family.
Binomial Name: Cymbopogon Schoenanthus
Common Name: Lemongrass Oil
Source: Leaves/grass of of the lemongrass plant
EWG Score: 1
Proven and Possible Benefits
Acne Fragrance ingredient Deodorant
Arthritis Bruising Injuries General pain Sore muscles Sprains Rheumatic pain insect repellant
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