We LOVE Lemongrass!
We use Lemongrass in so many of our products. It has an amazingly uplifting scent making you feel refreshed and revived. That is one of the many reasons we use it in our bee-autiful skin products, such as our artisan soap, and sugar scrub. Lemongrass, as a herb, is full of vitamin A and C, so it works to keep your skin glossy, but it also has properties that help to reduce pores and keep your skins oil levels balanced.
As well as the external benefits, Lemongrass has some incredible internal benefits. It has been used in cooking for centuries, particularly in South East Asian cuisine. It is known to have some pretty awesome antioxidants, which work to fight off free radicals in the body that may cause heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Lemongrass is also great for settling an upset tummy, specifically easing nausea and diarrhea. It can also help to prevent gastric ulcers!
As far as taste, Lemongrass has a fresh, citrusy taste. It is quite a light flavor, so does not overpower a dish the way lemon can, although adds a slightly tangy taste to cooking, without the bitterness that lemon has.
As well as our gorgeous skin products, we use lemongrass oil in our Hand Sanitizer. Not only does this steer away from the "clinical" smell of most high grade sanitizers, but it provides an extra boost of antibacterial and antiviral properties. Something we can all embrace right now! Research has shown that lemongrass essential oil can fight against certain drug resistant bacteria, including ones that case skin infections, pneumonia and blood infections. Applied topically, the citral in lemongrass oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, perfect for those who suffer with problems such as arthritis.
In these times of such uncertainty, lemongrass is perfect for lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety. Used in a massage (or scrub or soap) can bring about these benefits. In fact, one study showed that a massage, once a week over 3 weeks vastly improved participants blood pressure, and in turn, lowered anxiety levels. Not only that, research in Australia showed that lemongrass may relieve headaches and migraines. They believe that eugenol, a compound found in lemongrass, has similar properties to that of aspirin. Eugenol also releases Serotonin, a hormone that helps to regulate mood, sleep, appetite and cognitive ability.
So all that in one herb?! What an amazing, natural remedy! Isn't Mother Nature a fantastic thing!?