Lemongrass essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. Sourced from Cymbopogon citratus (a plant native to Southeast Asia), lemongrass essential oil is said to offer a variety of health benefits.
One of the main components of lemongrass essential oil is citral, a compound found to act as an antimicrobial (a substance that destroys or suppresses the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi).
Lemongrass essential oil also contains limonene, a compound shown to reduce inflammation and knock out bacteria in scientific research.
How Does Lemongrass Essential Oil Work?
In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of lemongrass essential oil (or absorbing lemongrass essential oil through the skin) is thought to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions.
Known as the limbic system, this brain region also influences the nervous system. Aromatherapy proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.