Even the most regimented skincare routines can have occasional slip ups. Whether it’s due to the changing of seasons, travel, or personal health, we all need a little boost sometimes. This is where Lemongrass oil comes in handy.
For those days when you’re feeling less than enthused about the state of your skin, try incorporating Lemongrass oil into your daily or nightly routine. This natural essential oil has such a wide variety of soothing and antimicrobial properties, that anyone can find their own personal use and achieve their best skin yet. Read on to learn how you can use lemongrass oil to amp up your current skincare routine.
By: Emily Dinenberg
What is Lemongrass Oil?
Lemongrass oil comes from the plant Cymbopogon, and is native to tropical and subtropical areas such as India, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Malaysia. It flourishes here mainly due to the slightly sandy soil and warm climates.
In order to separate the oil from the leaves of the plant, it undergoes a process called “Steam Distillation”, in which Lemongrass is boiled and then strained, leaving the essential oil as the remaining product. This oil is known for its golden amber color, and distinct citrus scent in addition to having an impressive nutritional profile.
Some extremely beneficial components of Lemongrass oil include:
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6
- Vitamin C
The combination of these beneficial ingredients make Lemongrass oil extremely high in antimicrobial properties. These properties halt microbial and bacterial growth both inside and outside of the body, making it perfect for skincare!
Check out some ways you can use Lemongrass oil for a more flawless complexion:
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1. Fight Breakouts
Limonene, a compound found in Lemongrass oil, is known to help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. When used topically, it can help ward off skin infections, such as folliculitis and cellulitis, and be used to treat and prevent acne. Similar to lemons, Lemongrass oil’s compounds allow it to be used an an astringent, meaning it can constrict the skin. This process helps minimize pores and limit the secretions of oil, making your skin less susceptible to external germs that may cause breakouts and inflammation!
Because essential oils are extremely concentrated, they should generally be diluted when applied topically. Here’s how to DIY your own Lemongrass Oil Toner:
- Set aside 1/4 cup of a “carrier oil” (such as avocado or argan oil)
- Mix in 1-2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil (avoid any more than 3 drops as this oil is highly acidic!)
- Store the combination in an airtight container out of direct sunlight
The carrier oils in the toner will be easily absorbed by your skin, adding a boost of moisture. Meanwhile, the antibacterial properties of the Lemongrass essential oil will treat inflammation and bacteria.
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3. Boosts Immune System
Besides exposure to daily bacterial buildup, skin is extremely susceptible to germs when we’re sick. A week immune system prevents your body from properly fighting off other germs, and can result in dull, and dry skin (as well as breakouts!).
Lemongrass oil is defined as a “tonic”, simply meaning it boosts your over all health by “toning up” facilitates the nutrient absorption process. In turn, the nutrients help strengthen and boost the immune system. A simple way to incorporate Lemongrass oil into your diet is by adding 1-2 drops of it to your favorite soup (we love this Detox Lentil Soup)!
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4. Soothe Digestive Issues
In addition to toning up your bodies immune system, Lemongrass oil is extremely beneficial in maintaining digestive health. Our digestive system absorbs nutrients from foods that benefit our skin, in addition to dispelling toxins. However, improper function of the digestive systems can lead to a build-up of toxins, causing breakouts, redness, and eczema.
To soothe your digestive tract in addition to reaping the digestive benefits of lemongrass oil, try sipping on a cup of Lemongrass Oil Tea:
- Bring a cup of water to a boil (with the option to infuse physical Lemongrass in the water as well)
- If Lemongrass was infused in the water, strain then out and place the hot water in a separate mug.
- Add in 1-2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil and stir
Additionally, 1-2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil can be added to any of your favorite herbal teas already on hand!
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Although everyone’s skincare routine is unique, we can all benefit from Lemongrass oil. No matter how you incorporate it into your daily or nightly routine, Lemongrass oil is sure to give you the fresh face you’re looking for.
How do you plan on adding lemongrass oil into your skincare regimen? Let us know in the comments!