Native to Asia, lemongrass was used historically to treat infectious illness and fever. Lemongrass, as its name suggests, is a perennial plant with a citrus-like flavor. It is a popular ingredient in many Asian meals from soups, to seafood and curries. Lemongrass can also be used to make a delicious tea.

Recent research has shown it holds sedative properties. It is also excellent for treating acne, controlling perspiration and acts as a natural insect repellent and skin toner. Due to its myriad of benefits to the skin, lemongrass essential oil is also a potent ingredient in many natural soaps and cosmetics. Lemongrass is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant and fungicidal.

Benefits of Lemongrass for Skin:

  • Cleanses and tones skin. Lemongrass is a powerful astringent and antiseptic. This makes it useful for cleansing the skin. Known for its citrus-like scent, lemongrass also tones the skin, leaving you with a clearer, blemish-free complexion.
  • Natural insect repellent. Like eucalyptus, lemongrass is ideal for repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects and when safely included in a cream or balm, such as SallyeAnder No Bite Me, it ensures your skin is protected for hours.
  • Antibacterial and antifungal. Lemongrass also contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. This makes it an effective treatment against a host of skin conditions related to harmful microbial activity. For instance, lemongrass oil treats ringworm and athlete’s foot (conditions caused by fungi) as well as bacterial infections in the skin.
  • Antioxidant. In addition to reducing redness and irritation resulting from microbial activity in the skin, lemongrass benefits the skin due to its antioxidant properties. In general, antioxidants promote health within the skin by reducing free radicals — harmful compounds in the body that cause premature aging and disease.
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