Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits
Posted on 2nd August 2020 at 20:59
Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits
Introduction to Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is what we add to our 100% natural soap recipe to make our lemongrass soap.
It is an amazing smell, with citrus tones yet with a much deeper and richer smell than any other citrus scent.
Lemongrass is native to South Asia, South East Asia and Australia, but the largest producer of lemongrass in the world by far is India. Lemongrass thrives in hot and humid conditions and can grow up to 5 feet tall!
You may also know lemongrass as an ingredient in Asian cuisine, as it is one of the most commonly added herbs to Southeast Asian dishes such as tom yum soup!
Lemongrass is naturally oily, but to extract all of the oils the stalks need to be crushed and put through a steam distillation process which yields pure lemongrass essential oil.
This is what we use in our lemongrass soap. One of the reasons we chose lemongrass as one of our scents is that luxurious smell, reminding us of a high end spa! So now we know a little about lemongrass lets get into it's benefits.
Antibacterial is one property that many essential oils have, especially the citrus varieties. These amazing oils, including lemongrass, could be used in the future as medicinal treatments for bacterial diseases when they develop a resistance to antibiotics.
In this study on lemongrass and its effectiveness as an antibiotic, it found the oil was effective against many pathogenic bacterium, and in particular the study focused on bacteria that was becoming resistant to antibiotics.
This was evident even at a low dosage, which indicates the potency of lemongrass as an antibacterial agent.
One of the ways we recommend using any essential oil on the skin is to dilute it in a carrier oil and apply topically.
To dilute the pure essential oil, simply add a couple of drops into a teaspoon worth of carrier oil (such as olive or coconut oil) and apply to skin as required.
Before you do this, it is recommended you do a patch test on the skin, on a very small area and wait around 15 minutes. If there is no reaction to the skin then it is probably safe to apply to a larger area.
Anti-fungal & Anti-inflammatory
In this study on lemongrass essential oil it was used to see the effects of a fight against pathogenic fungi using the disc diffusion method.
It found the lemongrass was effective against the fungus and particularly in the form of vapour.
In the same study on the effects of lemongrass oil it showed lemongrass was particularly effective as an anti-inflammatory, with an oral dosage showing sufficient results and the topical solution showing ‘potent’ results.
This study noted there could be a considerable use for lemongrass in the formulation of future antifungal medication, and in particular skin inflammation diseases.
We love the anti-inflammatory properties in lemongrass as they are so important to skin care.
This is especially true with inflamed skin, which could be a result of a reaction to a substance your skin has come into contact with, or as is the case with psoriasis, the body has an immune response to healthy tissue, which causes the redness.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of this oil will sooth the inflammation on the skin and help it to look less red and inflamed.
Antioxidants are very important in skin care; this is because they have the ability to stop free radicals on the skin. Free radicals are unstable molecules (usually oxygen) which have a loose electron floating around.
They cause harm because they can scavenge your body or skin looking for cells to pair their loose electron with.
Antioxidants in skin care are able to donate an electron to a free radical without becoming unstable themselves which can stop a chain reaction. Free radicals are usually responsible for accelerated aging of the skin.
In this study on lemongrass essential oil, it shows lemongrass has the ability to become a powerful antioxidant, which means it will be a great asset to your skin care regime.
Antioxidants are important in skin care as free radicals can damage skin and cause premature ageing, which is why we love the powerful antioxidant properties of lemongrass essential oil.
Lemongrass is a natural mosquito repellent, due to the high volume of citronella in the essential oil.
Lemongrass essential oil diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil can be used as a natural insect repellent if your looking for a repellent which doesn't contain DEET.
Lemongrass is one of the few natural essential oils which have insect repelling qualities, and according to this study, is commonly used in commercial insect repellents for scent and insect repelling qualities.
Most of the essential oils with insect repelling qualities come from the mint family, the aromatic grasses family or the pine/cedar family. Another essential oil from the mint family that can act as an insect repellent is patchouli essential oil.
Lemongrass Soap Benefits
Soap made with lemongrass essential oils will have the benefit of all of the properties listed above, plus the benefit of using a natural product with zero chemicals added.
Plus the added benefit of smelling amazing!
We only use essential oils to scent all of our soaps, using 100% pure lemongrass essential oil to scent our lemongrass soap.
Lemongrass was an easy choice for us to choose as one of our scents, as its rich and deep citrus smell with a hint of spice was too much for us to ignore.
When you add up the amount of amazing benefits of the essential oil, such as its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its irresistible smell, it had to be chosen for our collection of 100% natural soaps.
One of the benefits of using a natural soap like ours is that it contains a large amount of glycerin in it.
So as well as having these benefits to the skin from the essential oils, you will also benefit from the moisturising qualities of glycerin in our soaps.
Glycerin works as a humectants, which basically means it draws water towards it. Some common humectants include seaweed, aloe vera gel and honey.
This stuff is great for your skin as it will actively draw moisture towards it, helping it stay soft, supple and moisturised.
Natural soap deserves a natural scent and one of the main reasons we use essential oils to scent our soaps is they have great benefits for the skin.
The alternatives to scent a soap is to use something called a fragrance oil. While these oils are cheaper and smell stronger, we decided against using them due to some of the chemical ingredients that they use such as phthalates.
Phthalates are chemical enhancers of scent, which allow a scent to be stronger for longer. They are also potentially carcinogenic and probably not great for your skin.
We want to choose the best ingredients to keep your skin healthy and looking its best, whilst also being mindful of the environment.
On the back of your lemongrass soap carton you can check to see the ingredient we use to scent our soap is called cymbopogon schoenanthus oil, which is basically INCI (technical speak for ingredients listed on your products) speak for lemongrass essential oil.
Fragrance oil would be listed as either ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance’ and would offer no more explanation or breakdown of ingredients other than this vague listing.
This is also perfectly legal as the huge fragrance industry has managed to persuade the European Chemical Agency they should not have to list their ingredients due to competition reasons.
Whilst it would be annoying if somebody was to copy a recipe, we think the real travesty is people putting stuff onto their skin without fully knowing what it is and what that stuff could do to their skin and their health.
At Seatree Cosmetics our soaps are 100% natural, including all the scents which come from essential oils. Try our beautiful lemongrass soap and benefit from its wonderful smell, enriching glycerin, and all the other benefits listed above!
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