This Is What Lemongrass Essential Oil Can Do For You

Lemongrass essential oil comes from the stems and leaves of the lemongrass plant. Lemongrass contains vitamin C, iron, and calcium, and it is commonly used to treat digestive disorders and high blood pressure (WebMD). The essential oil extracted from the stems and leaves of the plant has some other pretty impressive qualities, too. 

For starters, the oil shows promise in reducing stress and anxiety. One 2015 study published in the National Library of Medicine showed that participants experienced a reduction in stress five minutes after being exposed to the aroma of the oil. Another study published by Research Gate showed that individuals who received massages with the oil three times a week saw a reduction in diastolic blood pressure. In addition, the oil also might help reduce pain. Research from 2017 revealed that people who applied the oil topically found that it reduced arthritis pain, according to Healthline.

It has other beneficial qualities

Lemongrass essential oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, which makes it ideal for treating wounds. A 2010 study found that the oil was successful at fighting several bacteria that cause skin infections. Moreover, it is antifungal, meaning that it can help treat athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm, per Healthline

To make a topical treatment, Healthline recommends mixing 12 drops of lemongrass essential oil with a teaspoon of a carrier oil, such as sweet almond or coconut oil. You can add this to your bath water or you can massage it directly onto your skin where there is pain, or on your temples for migraine relief. To be safe, rub a portion of the oil on your forearm to see if you will have a reaction to it. For aromatherapy, you can simple breathe the oil from the bottle or place a few drops on a cotton ball and breathe it in.