How to make lemongrass oil at home and what it is used for

Lemongrass oil is an excellent natural remedy against mosquitoes, but not only: here’s how to prepare it at home and what are all its uses

Among the many natural remedies that are popular in summer, there is certainly lemongrass oil: excellent against mosquitoes (and more generally against many insects), it is an aromatic substance also appreciated for its delicious smell and for its multiple functions. In fact, it can be used in many different ways, and with a pinch of patience it can also be easily prepared at home.

Lemongrass oil, what it is for

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Lemongrass oil is used in the preparation of many products such as soaps, incense and cosmetics. All thanks to its remarkable properties, which make it excellent for our well-being. As we have seen, it is the main ingredient of many natural insect repellents: its smell is particularly unpleasant to mosquitoes, so it is very effective in keeping them away from our home (or from our skin, if we spread it on the body). It also has a double action, since it helps to soothe the itch of mosquito bites.

But lemongrass oil is a true concentrate of health. It can be used to fight colds and coughs, making you simple fumigations. Or it can be used, in the form of incense, for its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. By fighting bacteria, which are responsible for many bad smells, lemongrass also acts as a deodorant. It therefore finds space in soaps, shampoos for oily hair, air freshener products and even in the preparation of relaxing foot baths.

Lemongrass also has an important decontracting action, so it is used in oils to massage and relax the muscles, helping to reduce pain, tension, rheumatism and migraine. Furthermore, inhaling the smell relieves stress and improves concentration, while giving a notable sense of serenity. For this reason it is often used in aromatherapy, against anxiety and nervousness.

How to make lemongrass oil at home

We have seen that lemongrass oil is a real ally to always keep at hand. It is very easy to find on the market, but if you have a little patience you can try your hand at home-made production (cheaper and certainly very satisfying). Usually, a distiller is used to prepare essential oils, but if you are not in a hurry there is a longer and much simpler procedure.

First of all you need to get some dried lemongrass leaves: to dry the fresh leaves, you can place them in the oven at 60 ° C for a couple of hours or leave them hanging in a dark and damp place for a few days. At this point, arrange the dried leaves in a small jar and fill it with undenatured alcohol, making sure that the lemongrass is well covered by the liquid. Let it rest for three days, so that the plant gives its oils to the infusion that surrounds it. You can cover the pot with cotton gauze, so that the mixture can breathe, but there is no risk of finding insects inside.

Once the infusion time is over, pour the alcohol and lemongrass oils into a small container with the help of a colander, then place it in the freezer. Since alcohol does not freeze (or rather, it only freezes at temperatures below -114 ° C), you will find the latter still in liquid form at the bottom of the container. The oil will instead be on the surface, well frozen: all you have to do is scrape it, place it in a jar and wait for it to thaw. At this point you will have your own bottle of lemongrass oil, to use in the way you prefer.

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