How to use Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass is used in aromatherapy for its ability to tone, tighten & refine.

lemongrass essential oil comes from the Cymbopogon citratus plant

Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass essential oil is steam distilled from the stalks and leaves of the lemongrass plant. The pale yellow liquid which is extracted has a clean, fresh and uplifting lemon fragrance that has known antibacterial and antifungal qualities.

The plant is originally native to South Asia however it is now cultivated in many areas of the world that have a favourable tropical or subtropical climate.

The oil is used in aromatherapy for its ability to tone, tighten and refine. 

Lemongrass essential oil has been used throughout time in traditional medicine for ailments such as relieving stress and depression, insomnia, treating fungal infections and for pain relief. It has a wealth of complementary properties which make it a must have addition to any essential oil collection.

Where have I smelt Lemongrass before?

Culinary flavourings
If you enjoy asian food, particularly Thai and food from Southeast Asia, then you will be familiar with the scent and flavouring of lemongrass. It is a key component in Thai curries and soups and adds an authentic taste to this style of cooking.

Lemongrass is used as a culinary flavouring

Food grade Lemongrass oil is also used extensively in commercial food production so if your food is giving off a lemon aroma it may be down to the addition of this flavoursome oil.

What can I use Lemongrass essential oil for?

Lemongrass oil for feet
Show a little TLC to tired and aching feet by creating a warm foot bath infused with lemongrass oil.

You will not only benefit from the tingly sensation and fresh scent, but also from the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the oil which will leave your feet feeling refreshed and squeaky clean.

Lemongrass is also great for preventing perspiration and so is a must have EO for keeping your feet clean and healthy.

Lemongrass oil for skin care
The natural astringent and toning properties of Lemongrass make is a great addition to your skincare routine.

Use diluted for toning oily skin and to help treat acne and spots, steam your face with a few drops of the oil in a bowl to reap the toning qualities.

Add to a moisturising cream to treat dry patches on feet and elbows.

Lemongrass oil for cleaning and freshening your environment
The zingy scent and antibacterial properties of Lemongrass essential oil make it the perfect addition to your cleaning routine.

To freshen a room make a homemade air freshener by adding to a spray bottle with water and spritz to instantly freshen the air. Diffuse a good few drops in an oil burner for a more intense aroma, perfect for sprucing up rooms belonging to sweaty teenage boys!

Diffuse lemongrass essential oil to freshen your home

Combine with vinegar and a drop of washing up liquid for cleaning glass and shower doors as a natural alternative to chemical laden commercial cleaning products. Buff with kitchen roll after cleaning to achieve a streak free shine.

Lemongrass oil as an insect repellent
As a close relative of Citronella, which is a well known insect repellent, Lemongrass shares some of the same properties that help with keeping pests away.

When the weather gets warm and pests can start to cause a nuisance diffuse Lemongrass to repel insects. This is a friendly way to get rid of critters as diffusing the oil won’t harm insects it will just deter them and send them on their way.

Lemongrass essential oil for relaxation
Studies have shown that Lemongrass oil inhalation can relieve anxiety and tension.

Using Lemongrass oil in an aromatherapy massage means you not only get to inhale the calming aroma, but you get the hands on benefits of human touch which also helps to relieve anxiety and stress.

Having regular massages will in turn aid with restful sleep and help those of us who suffer with insomnia. Sleep is so important for the body as it allows us to rejuvenate cells and good sleeping habits also contribute to helping alleviate depression.

Serotonin plays a part in allowing us to drop off to sleep quickly, so being in a state of relaxation via regular massage and utilising oils like Lemongrass to bring on a sedated state could help get your serotonin levels at a peak state.

Lemongrass essential oil recipes

Lemongrass diffuser blends
Combine 3 drops of lemongrass with 3 drops of Lavender and 2 of peppermint for a blend to ease tension headaches.

For an uplifting blend combine 2 drops of Lemongrass, 2 of Bergamot and 1 drop of Ylang Ylang.

Lemongrass essential oil foot spa
For tired feet fill a bowl with warm water and add 10 drops of Lemongrass EO, 10 drops of Rosemary, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 5 drops of Peppermint.

This is sure to make your feet tingle and feel alive! If you hover your face over the bowl while your feet soak you can also inhale the aroma which will help you breathe more easily and think clearly too.

Soak your feet for 20 minutes and then pat dry. Massage your feet with a carrier oil mixed in with a couple of drops Lemongrass to finish off. Bliss.

Lemongrass oil bath salts
Add 10 drops of lemongrass 6 drops of Geranium and 2 cups of Epsom Salts under a running bath tap for a soothing and relaxing at home spa experience.

Lemongrass essential oil blends well with
Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary and Tea tree.

Lemongrass oil safety
Dilute before use, seek medical advice if pregnant or breastfeeding. For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children.