What is Lemongrass Oil?

For many people, the use of lemongrass oil has become a part of their daily routine. This grassy plant substance has been used for many years in cooking and in various herbal medicines. It’s taken from the leaves and the stalks of a lemongrass plant and the oil itself is known for being used in hygiene and cosmetic products. It’s got a rich and citrus-like scent to it, which smells divine! 

Many people use it for everything from relieving stress and trying to minimize things like high blood pressure. What, though, could we expect if they were to use this particular lemongrass substance on our hair?

Lemongrass Oil For Hair: Benefits

Lemongrass oil and hair has become a common talking point for quite a lot of people. It’s seen as a substance that might not help your hair directly, but can improve the conditions that we need for natural and strong hair growth. For example, some benefits that come from using lemongrass oil include:

  • Lemongrass oil is a strong antibacterial solution, helping it to kill off bacteria on the scalp thus allowing for easier hair growth.
  • It’s also been linked to being able to kill off fungal infections. This is very useful for making sure that things like scalp infections can be dealt with.
  • Known to be great for anti-inflammatory This is useful for making sure that your scalp is not inflamed, allowing for natural and easy hair growth.
  • This essential oil has been linked with combating problems like stress and anxiety, which can contribute to rapid hair loss over time.
  • Lemongrass oil can also help to lessen irritation on the scalp and combat things like the build-up of dandruff.

Lemongrass Oil Side Effects

As ever, make sure that you dilute the essential oil before you put it to use. It should be used to help clear up problems, but never applied directly without dilution. If you do, then it has been linked with various issues such as headaches and stomach pain. It can also cause irritation of the skin if topically applied without enough dilution to the oil. Lemongrass essential oils are extremely potent, so a little bit goes a long way.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 02/07/2020. 

Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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