Lemongrass oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant, which is found in subtropical regions of the world, via steam distillation.
The plant grows in clumps and can easily be mistaken for grass with similar green leaves. It is commonly used for cooking in Asia in soups and curries.
There are several varieties of lemongrass but two are most commonly used for producing lemongrass oil – cymbopogon citratus and cymbopogon flexuosus.
Lemongrass oil is thin with a pungent, lemony, refreshing aroma, which can be pleasant to the senses.
3 Potent Benefits of Lemongrass Oil for Hair
1. Resolve Scalp Issues and Strengthen Follicles
Lemongrass oil has several compounds including citral, which helps suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi as well as limonene, which helps reduce inflammation and irritation on the scalp.
The two compounds working together can resolve most scalp issues and strengthen your hair follicles.
2. Preservative in DIY Formulations
Lemongrass oil can also be used in water-based products to inhibit the growth of microbial elements.
I am currently testing this out with a hair gel I’m formulating. Once it’s ready, I will upload the information on the website.
3. Clarifying Oily Scalp
Lemongrass oil acts as a clarifying oil for oily scalps helping to regulate the production of sebum and balance out the level of oil on the scalp.
Lemongrass oil shouldn’t be used undiluted as it can burn your skin.
My favourites are rosehip oil and lavender oil, which I also use in my DIY skincare formulations.
Additional Benefits of Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass oil can be used to treat infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Another essential oil that can do that is tea tree essential oil.
Lemongrass oil has compounds that purify the air and induces a relaxed state of mind.
Consider using it along with a diffuser for a refreshing aroma around the house.
How to Use Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass, Rosehip & Lavender Oil Scalp Elixir Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of rosehip oil
- 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of lemongrass oil
- Mix the rosehip oil and lavender oil together and heat over a bowl of boiling water.
- Once hot, remove from the hot water and add the lemongrass oil.
- Mix again and allow to cool slightly.
How to Use
- Section your hair into 4 – 8 sections.
- Apply the elixir directly onto your scalp.
- Massage in thoroughly until absorbed.
- No need to wash it out.
- Use two-three times a week before you go to bed.
Best Brands of Lemongrass Oil
If you’re interested in DIY, you can have a look at how to make lemongrass oil for hair. Easy recipes requiring only a few ingredients.
Can You Ingest Lemongrass Oil?
Do not ever ingest essential oils without the supervision of a healthcare professional. Essential oils are potent compounds that can prove toxic if ingested.
Even if you find a recipe suggesting it’s safe to ingest it, I still recommended consulting your primary care physician before you go ahead.
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