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Lemongrass Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions

Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopagon flexuosus) is created by steam distilling the leaves/blades from this grass. Lemongrass is commonly used in cooking, but the oil actually has many more benefits due to its high concentration. Its aroma is lemony and grassy (bet ya didn't see that coming), but also a little bitter and pungent. Because its synthetic aroma is used in so many convention cleaners, you might find it reminds you of chemicals, like it does for me.

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Soothes aching muscles and tendons
  • Purifies and tones skin

Emotional Benefits

Emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, lemongrass is said to be the oil of energetic cleansing. In this way it might be helpful in clearing energy from a home, or letting go of negative energy you might be holding onto, which may help those feeling stuck, heavy, or low. Below is a longer list of possible or suggested lemongrass essential oil uses and benefits for more ideas on how to use this unique oil.

Complimentary Oils

Lemongrass essential oil blends well with Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Geranium, Lavender, and Rosemary essential oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Melaleuca, White Fir, Cypress, or Rosemary essential oils.

How to Use Lemongrass Essential Oil

Traditionally, lemongrass essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Lemongrass Essential Oil

  • To help soothe sore joints or muscle strains, combine equal parts fractionated coconut oil and Lemongrass oil and rub topically on area of concern.
  • Use to flavor entrĂ©es and meat dishes while promoting healthy digestion.
  • Combine with Melaleuca and apply to toenails for clean, healthy nails.
  • Rub or spritz on skin before going outside. Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.
  • To relieve despair, place 1 drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.
  • Diffuse during study times. Place 1 drop in the palm of your hand, rub hands together, and inhale softly for up to 30 seconds or longer as desired.

Inspiration for Using Lemongrass Essential Oil

Soothing Post Workout Bath: Mix 10 drops each Lemongrass and Marjoram essential oils into 2 cups Epsom Salt. Pour under hot running water to dissolve salt completely. Soak 15-30 minutes.

Refreshing Deodorant: Fill a 4 oz spray bottle with 10 drops Lemongrass and witch hazel. Spray underarms.

Energy Boosting Diffuser Blend: 3-4 drops each Wild Orange, Lemongrass, and Peppermint essential oils.


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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