MAY 2019

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24 @dayspamagazine • May 2019 © GETTY IMAGES WITH LONG, SLENDER BLADES AND A TANGY AROMA, lemongrass is a tropical plant that's famous for its scent and fl avor. It's popular for aromatherapy, can be used as a natural deodorant and bug repellent, and is a favored ingredient for cleansing oily skin and shrinking pores. Although the plant is native to Southeast Asia— frequently fl avoring dishes ranging from curries to meats—lemongrass now grows in the U.S., South America, Africa, Australia and India. It's particularly revered in Brazil, India and Thailand, where it's used as a treatment for stomach problems, nervous disorders and as a mild sedative. Scientists have found that in addition to its antibacterial properties, lemongrass can serve as a treatment for everything from acne to tendinitis, sciatica, stomach pain and athlete's foot. The plant is also renowned for helping improve blood fl ow and easing the symptoms of circulatory disorders. Why it's a skincare all-star: Lemongrass is best known for its beautiful smell and gentle healing properties. Widely established as an anti-infl ammatory, it's packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and can also serve as an astringent, which is why spa pros favor it for addressing unsightly pores. "I particularly love lemongrass for anyone suffering from breakouts, because its antibacterial properties can help limit microbial growth on the skin and ward off infections," says Brooke Gilliam, spa supervisor at Spa Montage Laguna Beach in Laguna Beach, California. "Lemongrass is so rich in antioxidants that it's also helpful for preventing winkles and other signs of aging." Melaina Castruita, operations manager at Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colorado, adds: "Among its many benefi ts, lemongrass is a great antibacterial and antifungal ingredient," which makes it especially handy for IN FOCUS Lemongrass This plant's soothing properties and refreshing fragrance have made it a staple in spa treatment rooms. by Rachel Kossman

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