Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil comes from a tall, perennial plant, that has a subtle citrus flavor and is used in Asian cuisine in soups, teas, and curries as well as with fish, poultry, beef, and seafood. In addition to its unique flavor, Lemongrass essential oil promotes healthy digestion and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems. It’s also purifying and toning to the skin, and is frequently used in skin care products for these benefits. Lemongrass can soothe sore muscles and joints, making it an ideal oil to use in massage therapy or applied directly to problem areas. Lemongrass has a pungent, herbaceous aroma that can heighten awareness and promote a positive outlook.

Primary Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Soothes aching muscles
  • Purifies and tones skin
  • Antidepressant
  • Increases alertness
  • Reduces Stress
  • Promotes a good night's sleep
  • Balances, tones and strengthens the nervous system
  • Relieves pain by reducing inflammation
  • Improves digestion
  • Tones and cleanses the skin
  • Stimulates lactation in nursing mothers
  • Disinfectant
  • Insect repellent

Properties of Lemongrass

  • Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
  • Anti-depressant: an agent that helps alleviate depression.
  • Anti-fungal: an agent that prevents and combats fungal infection.
  • Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
  • Anti-microbial: an agent that resists or destroys pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Anti-septic: an agent that destroys and prevents the development of microbes.
  • Analgesic: a substance that relieves pain.

Uses of Lemongrass

  • To help soothe sore joints or muscle sprains, combine equal parts Fractionated Coconut Oil and Lemongrass oil and rub topically on area of concern.
  • Use to flavor entrées 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 as Lemongrass essential oil naturally repels insects.
  • Great way to treat inflammation.
  • Use to repair connective tissue.
  • Many have used it as part of a lymphatic system detox.
  • Add a few drops to a bucketful of water along with a splash of vinegar for a terrific no-rinse floor washing solution.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Lemongrass

  • Immune System
  • Muscles and Bones

Notes on Blending

  • Classification:Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend) 
  • Blends well with Basil, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Melaleuca, Palamrose, Sandalwood, Vetiver and Rosemary

Main Chemical Component

Geranial, Neral 

Additional Information

PubMed.gov - The Battle against multi-resistant strains: Renaissance of antimicrobial essential oils as a promising force to fight hospital-acquired infections.

WebMD - Lemongrass

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils