Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Lemongrass is a well known ingredient in lots of culinary delights especially in Asia. It adds a distinctly authentic and refreshing flavor to soups, teas and main dishes.

Additionally, it also has very powerful and highly therapeutic oil that has countless functions in natural health.

The lemongrass plant has long, aromatic leaves that are used to produce lemongrass essential oil. This oil works on the body and mind to refresh and stimulate. It is often used in perfumes, deodorants, detergents, and soaps.

Its purifying properties make it a desirable oil for massages.

Lemongrass can lessen feelings of stress when inhaled. It is deodorizing, antibacterial, and makes an effective insect repellent as well.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Facts:

Botanical Name:

Cymbopogon flexuosus

Botanical Family:


Plant Part Used:


Extraction Method:

Steam distilled


Sweet, lemony, green, and slightly fruity

Main Constituents:

Geranial, neral. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Shelf Life:

2-3 years

Safety Precautions:

May irritate skin and mucous membranes. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7% (about 4 drops per 1 oz of carrier oil). May be skin sensitizing. Not a kid friendly oil.

Tisserand suggests the use be restricted to 0.5% maximum on the skin during pregnancy due to citral which could affect fetal development in high topical doses.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Lime, geranium, lavender, basil, sweet orange, clary sage, ylang ylang, grapefruit. lemon, patchouli, cedarwood, clove, coriander, tea tree, rosemary, ginger, peppermint.

Therapeutic Uses:

Muscular aches and pains, gastrointestinal disorders, indigestion, colitis, diuretic, detoxifying, cellulite, fever, nonspecific infection, physical and mental exhaustion, acne, pimples, insect bites, insect repellent (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 599).

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

1. Safe and Natural Deodorizer

- Lemongrass oil is an excellent deodorizer in the home due to its antimicrobial actions. It also has a very bright and clean scent that can create a healthy and natural air freshener. This powerful oil can be used on strong or offensive body odors as well.

- Lemongrass Air Freshener: Make a simple and natural air freshener by adding 15 drops of oil to a 2 oz spray bottle and then fill the rest with water.  Spritz around the house to naturally deodorizer the air. Can use in a diffuser as well.

2. Relief from Headaches

- Lemongrass essential oil provides soothing relief of pains and pressure as well as keep those headaches away from you. It was voted as a top 10 fan favorite essential oil for headaches.

- Headache Massage Oil: Add 4 drops of lemongrass and 1 oz of carrier oil (like jojoba oil) into a 1 oz dropper bottle. Massage a few drops of blend into temples and back of neck for relief.

3. Perfect for Digestion

- Lemongrass oil is known for helping to maintain healthy gastrointestinal function. It possesses the amazing power to take care of a variety of digestive problems – such as gas, stomach discomfort, indigestion, etc. Also acts as a natural appetite stimulant.

- Digestion Support Belly Oil: Use 2 drops of lemongrass and 2 drops of peppermint with one tablespoon of jojoba oil blended in a recycled 15 ml essential oil bottle. Massage a few drops onto abdomen to support healthy digestion.

4. Uplifts Mood

- Lemongrass uplifts and relaxes, assisting in both reducing fatigue and energizing the mind. Can be used in blends to calm the mind and reduce agitation.

- Try blending Lemongrass with Lemon, Palmarosa, Ginger, or Frankincense to promote well-being. Check out our Happy Inhaler recipe below.

5. Helps With Inflammation

- Lemongrass oil is proven to have anti-inflammatory components which enable it to help in treating a variety of aliments.

- Use lemongrass to reduce inflammation, boost circulation, and bringing relief to overused muscles and joints. Try 2 drops of Lemongrass and 2 drops of Sweet Marjoram in one tablespoon of carrier oil for a soothing rub.

6. Reduces Menstrual Cramps

-Lemongrass oil does a great job in easing menstrual cramps. Try lemongrass blended with black pepper to reduce menstruation pains. Be sure to dilute well with carrier oil.

7. Powerful All Natural Cleaner

- Its antimicrobial and antifungal properties make lemongrass the perfect oil to add to your natural cleaning routine. Help purify and reduce the presence of unwanted bacteria, microbes, or fungus. Add to all purpose cleaning sprays or add a few drops to your laundry detergent for an extra cleaning boost.

-Try our "Fridge Refresh" Spray recipe below to clean and deodorize your refrigerator. You can also use lemongrass on wool dryer balls to freshen clothes in the dryer.

8. Boosts Your Immune System

- Lemongrass can support the immune system which ultimately guards your body from illness and helps to keep it working perfectly. It also has antioxidant properties that deal with free radicals that can cause disease.

- Use for support by place one drop of oil on a diffuser necklace and enjoy the fragrant aroma throughout the day. Read more about benefits of using diffuser necklaces.

9. Beautify Your Skin & Nails

- Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits for the skin. Use in your skin care routine to help promote clear and toned skin. Consider adding a drop  to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify skin.

- Similar to Tea tree, Lemongrass oil can also help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails.Try combining 1 drop lemongrass and 2 drops of tea tree to a roller bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil. Apply the mixture to fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean.

10. Helps with Detoxification

- Lemongrass oil detoxes the liver, digestive system as well as the pancreas and other organs. This detoxifying property of lemongrass oil could very well be linked to its diuretic nature.

- Diffuse lemongrass by itself or with one of our diffuser recipes below to take advantage of its immune boosting properties.

11. Can Enhance Hair Health

- Lemongrass oil is capable of helping your hair by improving the hair follicles. The oil’s anti-bacterial qualities can actually help keep your hair healthy.

- Healthy Scalp: Add 1 drop of lemongrass and 2 drops of tea tree to a tablespoon of shampoo and massage into scalp. Let sit for 2 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

12. Great Muscle Relaxant

- Lemongrass oil enhances blood flow, in so doing reducing muscle spasms, pains and cramping. It can help soothe the body after exertion during physical activity. 

- Try our Muscle tension Roller Blend recipe below.

13. Assists With Fever Reduction

- Lemongrass oil carries great antipyretic properties which help in reducing high fever significantly. It has a cooling effect, and its anti-inflammatory actions reduce heat.

- Dilute 1 drop in 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and rub on chest, neck and down spine when febrile.

14. Perfect for the Nervous System

- Lemongrass oil plays the role of a highly important tonic to the nervous system on the whole. The oil helps with the therapy for a number of nervous conditions by fortifying the nerves and stimulating them.

- Inhalation: Place one drop in the palm of hand, rub hands together and inhale the aroma slowly and deeply.

15. Makes an Excellent Sedative

- Lemongrass oil offers superb calming and soothing effects on the mind and body. It has been proven to act as a sedative on the nervous system.

- Try our Spa Escape Diffuser Blend recipe below for a calming effect.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses

Lemongrass Essential Oil Recipes

Alert Inhaler

Promotes mental clarity and energizes when feeling fatigued

  • 5 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • 5 drops Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.

Spa Escape Diffuser Blend

This blend offers a sense of complete calm.

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • 1 drop Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.

Fridge Refresh Spray

Freshen your refrigerator/freezer with this disinfecting and deodorizing recipe

Combine ingredients into bottle, shake and spray onto surfaces of fridge and freezer to cleanse and deodorize.

Fruity Pebbles Diffuser Blend

This essential oil blend is from our Grapefruit Diffuser Recipes post

  • 2 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • 2 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • 2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

Migraine Helper Diffuser Blend

This recipe is not a magic cure all but this blend of essential oils can offer some assistance and support in your time of need.

  • 4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 2 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.

"Pick Me Up" Massage Oil

This recipe is from our 22 Aromatherapy Massage Oil Recipes post

Add all ingredients to glass bottle, shake to blend together. Massage on full body or on chest, neck and arms for uplifting effect.

Muscle Tension Roller Blend

  • 3 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 1 drop Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Directions: Add oils into 10 ml Rollerball bottle and fill rest of bottle with jojoba oil (or favorite carrier oil). To use, roll on neck and shoulders to relieve muscle discomfort. 3% dilution.

Happy Inhaler

Promotes emotional health & wellness

  • 5 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Blank Inhaler

Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler.

Where to Buy Lemongrass Essential Oil

Clove is on our Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils list, so cost should not keep this oil from being added to your collection. Here are two brand we like:

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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