Gingivitis, often the initial stage of gum disease, is a common but often overlooked oral health concern.
Lovely Lemongrass – a Natural Solution
You likely know lemongrass as a common and very fragrant ingredient in several Asian cuisines. Citrusy yet milder, sweeter and far less sour than the lemon itself, lemongrass grows and spreads quickly. In addition to the enticing flavor it brings to food, it offers a range of medicinal properties.
Lemongrass oil is rich in vitamin C, A and E and has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-infectious properties.
Here’s a quick look at the many benefits that lemongrass oil offers.
Lemongrass oil removes bacteria from the oral cavity and prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
Its astringent properties strengthen the gums, leaving the teeth healthier and the gums less prone to bleeding.
Used in mouthwash, lemongrass oil prevents plaque formation and removes existing plaque. Its pleasant aroma also leaves the breath smelling better.
In addition to the benefits it offers for the teeth and gums, lemongrass oil can also be applied to wounds. Its antiseptic properties help to prevent infection.
Lemongrass oil can also relax the muscles to alleviate muscle spasms. Additionally, it can help relieve abdominal pain, headaches, joint pain and stomach aches.
This hard-working, therapeutic oil even acts as an antidepressant and reduces anxiety.
The many great benefits of lemongrass oil can only be fully appreciated if it is used properly. Essential oils are very potent and should be used with caution and only under the advice of a medical professional, especially when used internally. Do your research and consult your doctor or dentist for advice on the best way to incorporate natural oils like lemongrass oil into your oral care routine.
Only therapeutic-grade essential oils should be used for best results. Essential oils should always be kept away from children and pets.
It is especially important to note that pregnant or breast-feeding women are advised against ingesting lemongrass / lemongrass oil, as it may not be safe.