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Ingredient Decoder: Lemongrass

Your Seamless order history reads like an ode to this palatable plant—but that’s not the whole story. Here’s why an old standby of Asian cuisine is one of our favorite grooming ingredients.

What It Is

A perennial grass with a hearty, layered stalk that can grow up to 10 feet in height (but is usually closer to three).

Where It Comes From

Most lemongrass hails from India, where it thrives in the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s also cultivated throughout the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa.

Where You Find It

Though we’re partial to shampoos and soaps, this plant pops up everywhere from exotic cuisine to household cleaners. (We promise your Thai takeout is safe.)

What It’s Good For

Cleansing and revitalization—from the inside out. Lemongrass is named for its citrusy scent and flavor, but nuances of orange blossom and ginger give it major aromatherapy points (and culinary cred). Strong antibacterial and astringent powers make it a popular choice for natural soaps and shampoos, like the crazy-invigorating Mt. Sapola Soap.

How It Works

A chemical compound called citral is responsible for a zesty and complex fragrance that energizes the mind and lifts the spirits. For the full effect, we recommend keeping the Mt. Sapola Diffusers in close proximity.

Citral also gives lemongrass its antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, and is even suspected of staving off disease.

Good To Know

As with all good things, moderation is key. Lemongrass can irritate sensitive or damaged skin—so remember to test a small amount on an isolated area before bathing in the stuff (though we understand the temptation).

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