For a lot of us, lemongrass is one of those special occasion ingredients that we might buy for that one recipe… and end up with stalks leftover in the fridge thinking “what can I do with this?”
Lemongrass is such a beautiful plant, full of surprising skincare benefits – so this article is all about how to use it in your DIY skincare!
Lemongrass is a grassy plant, that has a bright, lemon scent and mild citrus flavour.
It’s very easy to grow – you can propagate a stalk in a glass water! Lemongrass loves sunlight and does well in tropical regions, which is why you often find used in South East Asian recipes.
But, here in Florida, it grows really well too. My brother has lemongrass growing outside his home – it’s really beautiful for urban (edible) landscaping.
When you peel open a stalk of lemongrass, the first thing you notice is the scent! What you’re smelling are the essential oils naturally present, which – other than smelling amazing – have some really great benefits too!
MOOD BALANCING: lemongrass has a bright and uplifting scent that lightens things up when you’re feeling bogged down. In aromatherapy it’s used to boost self-confidence, so I love adding it to my morning skincare routine to start the day feeling good!
CLEANSING: Lemongrass is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It’s very cleansing, makes a good skin toner to clean out pores. It’s really good in DIY products for washing your skin, hair as well as any natural home-care recipes.
DEODORIZING: The antibacterial properties of lemongrass also help to eliminate odor-causing bacteria – and like it was designed for the job – it replaces bad smells with a clean, fresh, lemony scent.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Wether it’s redness from breakouts, rashes, dry skin or sun exposure – the essential oils in lemongrass helps to bring down that inflammation, calm and soothe irritated skin. Internally it’s also very soothing to the system, if you have stomach issues and inflammation – often lemongrass tea is recommended.
PAIN RELIEF: Lemongrass helps to calm muscles and promote circulation, which brings pain relief. A lemongrass massage oil, or bath helps to soothe aching muscles and headaches. You can help soothe stomach aches and menstrual cramps, by drinking lemongrass tea.
INSECT REPELLENT: Lemongrass is a cousin of citronella, and has those same mosquito repelling qualities. Growing the plant in your garden acts as a natural pest control.
When you think of lemongrass for your skin – think of restoring balance.
Here are five ways that you can use those stalks of lemongrass in your skincare:
Hope you’re inspired to make something lemony and good for yourself!
If you happen to have a few stalks in the fridge – pull them out! Or look for lemongrass the next time you’re at the market. If you can’t find them in your local supermarket, try an Asian supermarket.
You can also use dried lemongrass for all of these ideas in much the same way!