Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the grass. It has traditionally been used for infectious illness, fevers, circulatory issues, headaches, menstrual irregularities, cramps, hernias, sprains/strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, mental fatigue, varicose veins and urinary tract health.

Lemongrass can also be used for musculoskeletal aches and pains, to fight bacteria, keep insects away, aid in digestion, support kidney and bladder health, and aid lymphatic drainage.

Lemongrass contains analgesic (pain relieving), antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, revitalizing, sedative and tonic properties.

Lemongrass essential oil has a grassy, lemony and earthy aroma that promotes awareness and purification.

Lemongrass oil can be used topically “neat,” with no dilution, or diluted with a 1:1 essential oil to carrier oil ratio for those with sensitive skin. It can also be diffused aromatically, taken in capsules or used as a flavoring in Thai cooking.

8 Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil

  1. Insect Repellant Lemongrass oil is a natural insect repellant. Add 10-15 drops of lemongrass essential oil to a spray bottle of water, and use as a natural bug spray. It can also be diffused aromatically to keep bugs away. For use on pets, dilute 5 drops of lemongrass oil with water, or a carrier oil, and apply to pets fur to keep fleas away.
  2. Musculoskeletal Complaints Lemongrass oil can be effective in speeding recovery and decreasing pain from sore joints and muscle sprains/strains. Combine equal parts essential oil and carrier oil, and apply topically to area of concern.
  3. Skin Health Lemongrass exhibits antibacterial and antiseptic properties making it beneficial for skin health. Add a couple drops of lemongrass oil to shampoos, conditioners, soaps, deodorants, lotions and/or other topical personal care products.
  4. Natural Deodorizer Lemongrass can be used as a natural and effective air freshener and deodorizer. Combine 5 drops of lemongrass and 5 drops of lavender in a spray bottle of water, and use as a mist, or diffuse aromatically.
  5. Fever Reducer Lemongrass has been known to be a natural fever reducer. Combine 2 drops lemongrass, 2 drops black pepper and 2 drops lavender, diffuse aromatically, or dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the back of neck and/or reflex points.
  6. Cholesterol Balance Lemongrass has been known to help balance triglycerides in the body, and decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Add 1 drop of lemongrass to water and consume.
  7. Bladder, Kidney and Urinary Health Add 1 drop of lemongrass oil to water and consume or dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply topically over kidneys and low back.
  8. Digestive Health Lemongrass has been used to decrease stomach discomfort. Add 1 drop of lemongrass essential oil to soups, smoothies, teas and/or water to ease stomach pain, nausea and digestive discomfort.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Precautions

When used topically, a 1:1 essential oil to carrier oil ratio is recommended for those with sensitive skin.

Since lemongrass is an emmenagogue (can stimulate or increase menstrual flow) it is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Lemongrass is not recommended for use with children or nursing mothers.

When using any essential oil, especially internally, use only the highest quality essential oils that are 100% certified therapeutic grade or organic to ensure you’re getting a 100% pure oil and not one with unwanted and harmful chemicals or toxins.

Quick Thoughts: Lemongrass Essential Oil

  • Lemongrass may help speed recovery and decrease pain from sore joints, muscle strains and overuse.
  • Lemongrass can be used as a natural insect repellant.
  • Lemongrass works as a powerful anti-fungal and antimicrobial cleaning agent.
  • Lemongrass may be beneficial for reducing fevers, especially when combined with black pepper oil.
  • Lemongrass is commonly used in Thai foods, soaps and cosmetics.

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