I covered addressing scalp inflammation issues with lemongrass oil extensively in Reduce Scalp Inflammation & Irritation with Lemongrass Oil. There’s also a DIY lemongrass recipe for scalp issues in the article.
If lemongrass grows around your house and you’re keen on making your own lemongrass oil, continue reading.
A few stalks of lemongrass will yield a good amount of oil, which should last for a while. Additionally, the process is simple and the preparation time is minimal.
If you don’t have lemongrass on hand, you can find it readily in your local grocery as lemongrass is used in Asian cooking for soups and curries.
What is Lemongrass Oil Good For?
- Lemongrass oil is good for inclusion in hair care treatment.
- Lemongrass oil can treat scalp issues.
- Lemongrass oil can act as a mild preservative for DIY concoctions.
- Lemongrass oil is a common ingredient in skin care and cosmetic products such as soaps, lotions, and deodorants.
- It has a high citral and geraniol content and is used as an insect repellant. Can be used for home cleaning as well because of these properties.
Is Lemongrass Oil Good For Your Hair?
Lemongrass oil is one of the beneficial essential oils that helps regrow hair by addressing any scalp issues that are affecting healthy hair growth such as eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis. Other beneficial essential oils for hair growth include:-
You may be interested in The Ultimate Hair Growth Guide, which dedicates an entire section to discussing essential oils for hair growth.
How is Lemongrass Oil Extracted?
Most lemongrass oil on the market is obtained via steam distillation. This procedure is common for extracting elements from plant materials, as lower temperatures are required.
DIY Lemongrass Essential Oil Recipe
- 5 – 8 stalks of fresh lemongrass or a handful of dried lemongrass
- Mortar and pestle. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a rolling pin for this step instead.
- Jojoba oil, sweet almond or grapeseed oil. You can also use any great carrier oil for the scalp.
- A medium-sized jar like this one
- Remove the leaves from the fresh stalks and break into pieces.
- Spread on a large baking tray and let dry out for a few days.
- Afterwards, break the stalks into pieces and crush in the mortar and pestle then transfer to a medium-sized glass jar.
- Heat up the carrier oil of your choice without allowing it to boil.
- Fill up the jar with the hot oil, close then set aside on a windowsill where sunlight will hit the jar once in a while.
- Leave to infuse for 3 days.
- After 3 days, strain the oil through a cheesecloth or mesh strainer.
- Squeeze the cheesecloth until you get all of the oil out of the stalks. Discard the stalks.
- Transfer the lemongrass essential oil to a dropper bottle and store in a cool place. It should last you for up to a year.
Lemongrass oil is a very strong oil and should be diluted slightly otherwise it can cause skin irritation and even burn your skin.
Note that the DIY lemongrass oil won’t have the same potency as the store-bought variety so you may not need to dilute as much.
If you’re not keen on DIY, I’ve recommended some lemongrass oil favourite brands below:-
Best Brands of Lemongrass Oil
Hair Care Products With Lemongrass Oil
- Obia Natural Hair Care Twist Whip Butter
- Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner – promotes shiny hair as well!
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