Native to Asia and India, Lemongrass has become popular in many different industries from culinary to medicine to skin care and cosmetics. Here at Plantlife, it is one of our staples! We love Lemongrass and we think you should too!
Latin name Cymbopogon Flexuosus, this perennial grass has been long praised for its light and refreshing citrus aroma. Largely grown in India, Lemongrass is steam distilled from the freshly cut leaves. After distillation, the grass is used to feed local cattle. The resulting oil from the distillation process is a yellow, amber color with a lemony, herbaceous, citrusy aroma with earthy undertones.
But there is more to Lemongrass than just a pretty smell! In a recent 2012 study by the University Of Northampton, UK, Lemongrass essential oil tested the most effective against Staphylococcus out of a test of five different essential oils including Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lemon, and Lime. Lemongrass has also been said to be an antidepressant, antimicrobial, astringent, sedative, fungicidal, and a bactericidal. It has been used to aid with muscular pain, fevers, headaches, exhaustion, cellulite and to promote good digestion.
Now that you’ve learned a little about Lemongrass, are you ready to try it out?! Here are a few simple recipes you can try to get started using Lemongrass
Healing Skin Tonic – A healing recipe for troubled skin, aftershave, or hand sanitizer.
Carpet Freshener – Keep your house smelling uplifting and your carpets refreshed by using Lemongrass
Stinky Feet – Try diluted Lemongrass on your stinky feet, recommended by Dr. Michael Roizen. Dilute with a carrier oil like Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, or Apricot Kernel oil.
Try using Lemongrass with some of these suggestions by Dr. Oz!
You can also use Lemongrass essential oil in unscented products like carrier oils, Plantlife’s unscented bath salt, or unscented massage oil!
Not into making your own products? We've got you covered. Check out the variety of Plantlife products using Lemongrass! We recommend the Lemongrass Aromatherapy Herbal Soap, Lemongrass Foam Soap, and the Lemongrass Body Lotion. Try it out and tell us how you feel about Lemongrass!
Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.