Beyond Tom Yum: Lemongrass, the Asian herb with three amazing properties
Lemongrass is best known for its fresh citrusy scent and the role it plays in Thai cooking. Here at Dream Eco Products, we recognise it has so much more to offer which is why we have a line of products featuring lemongrass essential oil. So why did we decide to use it in our products?
Quite aside from the fact that it’s a natural product and eco-friendly to use as a cleaner, it has a number of other benefits. It contains a compound called citral, which has strong anti-microbial properties, and geraniol, which is an excellent insect repellent but also attracts bees, so is environmentally friendly.
Lemongrass is an insect repellent
Because it has citral and geraniol compounds, lemongrass is effective as an insect repellent. Mosquitoes and ants in particular are deterred by lemongrass. Use some in your surface cleaner on your kitchen bench and wave goodbye to ants.
It effectively deodorises
A little bit of lemongrass oil goes a long way to banishing unpleasant odours. If someone microwaves fish in the tearoom at work, a quick wipe of the interior of the microwave with a lemongrass cleanser will cut through the smell! Furthermore, a study in 2009 found that lemongrass vapours reduced airborne bacteria by 89%. So not only are you deodorising, but you are reducing your risk of illness.
The scent is also known to help with anxiety and insomnia, and can even help to relieve tension headaches.
Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
Citral and Limonene are the compounds that help to kill bacteria and fungi. Studies have shown that ringworm, candida, and athletes foot can be avoided by washing down surfaces with lemongrass oil. A 2012 study found that lemongrass disrupted a staph infection, making it a perfect addition to your kitchen cleaning kit.
With so many helpful benefits, lemongrass is an essential oil that is perfect for use in the bathroom and kitchen. Great for showers and floors to eradicate athletes foot fungus, and fantastic on benchtops to eliminate odour.