Extracted from dried lemongrass using steam distillation process, Lemongrass Oil consists of a combination of Mycrene, Necrol, Limonene, Geranyl Acetate and Neral. Lemongrass is a popular ingredient used in various Chinese and Thai dishes and imparts a sweet and sour flavor that is not as strong as lemons. The oil has a mild, sweet lemon fragrance which is soothing to the mind and helps reduce the effects of tiredness by refreshing the body. The various properties of the oil include insecticidal, diuretic, sedative, fungicidal, antiseptic and anti depressant among others.
Uses Of Lemongrass Oil
- Helps fight depression: Lemongrass oil stimulates the brain and fires the neurons responsible for mood, confidence and self esteem and leads to a rapid increase in their levels. Thus the oil is a great natural remedy for fighting depression and uplifting a person’s mood. The oil is also known to relive anxiety and reduce the feeling of insecurity and loneliness.
- Astringent: Lemongrass oil is a powerful astringent and helps stop the flow of blood. This property makes it an excellent natural clotting agent that can be used to stop bleeding in the case of cuts and other wounds.
- Boosts healing: The oil has both antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which make it an excellent choice for helping heal wounds. It is thus an active ingredient in various soaps and creams that help clean wounds and prevent them from becoming septic.
- Natural deodorant: The use of deodorants has become common in today’s lifestyle even though they can potentially have adverse effects on the user’s skin and harm the environment. A much better alternative to using synthetically derived perfumes is Lemongrass oil which does not cause any allergic reaction, lasts longer and being all natural does not affect the environment.
- Terminates insects: The oil is also a popular insecticide and helps keep away insects such as mosquitoes and flies. It has also been seen that the oil is fatal to a number of insects that come in contact with it and can be used as a preventive measure against disease caused by coming in contact with them.
How To Use The Oil
Lemongrass oil can be used as flavoring and added to water or tea and consumed directly to experience its hormone balancing and other anti-inflammatory effects. The oil can also be directly applied on the skin in cases of fungal and bacterial infections to reduce skin irritation and kill any harmful germs and bacteria.