Lemongrass is a tropical, grassy plant used in cooking and herbal medicine. Native to islands in Southeastern Asia, it is a common seasoning in Thai, Indian, and Chinese cuisine and is often brewed as a tea. Extracted from the leaves and stalks of the lemongrass plant, lemongrass essential oil has a powerful, citrus scent.
With its fresh, citrusy scent, lemongrass essential oil is often used in aromatherapy for health and beauty. In aromatherapy, lemongrass essential oil is used to reduce inflammation, relieve headaches, and ease indigestion. Inhaling the scent of the oil or using the oil topically offers a variety of benefits.
According to aromatherapy proponents, essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function. Lemongrass essential oil is typically used for: acne, anxiety, athlete’s foot, excessive sweating, headaches, muscle aches.
Lemongrass essential oil contains beneficial terpenes, saponins, alkaloids, steroids, and flavonoids including limonene. Limonene has been shown to reduce inflammation and knock out bacteria.
One of the main components of lemongrass essential oil is citral, a compound found to act as an antimicrobial and help reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation is thought to be the cause many health problems. The citral in lemongrass essential oil may also help ease pain as it relieves inflammation, and it can also help reduce general body pain resulting from strenuous activities and athletics.
The eugenol found in lemongrass also releases serotonin, which is a hormone that regulates mood, sleep, appetite, and cognitive functions.