Lemongrass oil (Cymbopogon citratus) comes from a fast growing grass. It looks like the same plant that Citronella comes from, which is not surprising since they come from the same genus. Lemongrass grows to be about 3 feet tall and the stalk is used to produce the oil. It has a deep, intense, sweet, lemony scent without the tart overtones of Lemon.
Aromatic influences: Psychic awareness, calming, and purification. Zesty, fresh, and invigorating.
Combines well with:
Bergamot, Cardamom, Roman Chamomile, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus citriodora, Marjoram, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Angelica Root, Ginger Root, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain bigarade
Points of interest
- Can cause skin irritation so use carefully. Not always good to use on a child.
- Do not use in a bath or massage if you have sensitive skin. If you do use in a bath, don’t use more than 2 drops.
- Diffuse 2 drops Lemongrass and 2 drops Lavender at night to help treat insomnia.
- Cuts through emotional fog. Helps you see things clearly. Balances nervous system.
- Helps relieve depression
- Helps keep insects away.
- Stimulates lactation in nursing mothers.
- Contracts weak connective tissue.
- Some people like to use Lemongrass to treat headaches.
- Has been used to protect dogs from ticks and fleas.
- Has a strong scent so use sparingly.
- Helps treat eczema.
- Works great in cleaning.
- Diffuse to clear mental clutter and improve concentration.
- Have fun with it!
Here are a few recipes involving Lemongrass oil. To check for more, you can click on Lemongrass in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.
*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.
- 2 drops Lemongrass
- 4 drops Ginger Root
- 4 drops Lavender
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Massage formula into affected area. (9)
- 40 drops Myrtle
- 40 drops Lemon
- 40 drops Pine
- 30 drops Lemongrass
- 4 ounces Pure Water
Add formula to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Before exercising, spray the mist into the air and breathe deeply to help soothe breathing passages. (8)
Massage for Sprains
- 5 drops Celery Seed
- 5 drops Lemongrass
- 3 drops Spearmint
- 2 drops Eucalyptus globulus
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O.
Massage formula into the sprained area. Several applications may be necessary throughout the day, until painful area feels better. (8)
Reduce Muscular Aches and Pains
- 1 drop Lemongrass
- 2 drops Rosemary
- 3 drops Coriander
- 1 tablespoon F.C.O.
Massage formula into affected area. (4)
Uplift Emotions and Restore Vitality
- 1 drop Lemongrass
- 4 drops Red Mandarin
- 2 drops Neroli
Diffuse formula when feeling down or dispirited. If you can handle Lemongrass on your skin, add formula to 1 tablespoon carrier oil and use as a massage. (4)
Cold and Flu Relief
- 1 drop Lemongrass
- 3 drops Red Mandarin
- 1 drop Ginger Root
- 1 tablespoon Jojoba
Massage into neck, shoulders, and chest. If you cannot use Lemongrass on your skin, put just the essential oils in a diffuser and inhale aromas deeply. Can also add just the essential oils to 1 gallon of water and drink 1 cup, three times a day. Shake well before pouring into glass. This formula can also help reduce a fever. (4)
Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:
- AG: “I use it in my truck after I go to the dump. Lemongrass chases all the flies out of the cab.”
- LJ: “Diffuse in my house I love the smell of it.”
- MR: ” I was just looking up lemongrass to plant because it wards off Mosquitos.”
- MGD & CLF: “Frankincense & Lemongrass for inhibiting cancerous growths.”
- JSG: “To treat my Hashimoto’s Disease.”
- JL: “I will have to remember the chasing flies application. Sometimes, on long trips, I have had flies hop states with me. Not the best driving conditions when they are buzzing around in the van.”
- CG: “I use it in the dryer on my pet’s bedding to help keep fleas away. So far, so good!”
- SHR: “Pain relief.”
- CTQ: “Cleaning the bathroom.”
- MAD: “It’s the scent in my homemade deodorant. I also use it for tick control when we are in the woods.”
- AG: “Mix a couple drops with carbonated water with a small amount of agave for a fine natural soda.”
- TMT: “Inflammation”
- JM: “I use a blend of lemongrass and peppermint rubbed between the palms of my hands and slowly wave them past my clients face at the end of a massage session, while their eyes are still closed. It helps to revive and bring them “back to Earth” from their session as well as signals that the session is completed.”
- HO: “I mix it with peppermint for a foot and leg massage blend. Awesome for circulation.”
Lemongrass oil is a great oil! What do you like to do with it? Which of these recipes are you going to try first? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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