4 Uses for Lemongrass Essential Oil for Health

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Lemongrass Oil Overview

Lemongrass is originally from India and lemongrass oil comes from the grasses themselves. The color of the oil is yellow to reddish (depending on where the grasses were grown) and has a citrus scent similar to lemons. Lemongrass oil is used in many perfumes, cleaning and cosmetic products.

Keeps Insects Away

Like lemon and eucalyptus essential oils, lemongrass will also keep biting insects away. Mix a few drops into a massage oil and place on the temples, wrists and back of the knees for a natural insect repellent. It also smells nicer than many commercial repellents.

Helps with Headaches

Lemongrass oil is great at curing headaches. Release a drop onto a piece of cotton and inhale deeply. It works well on stress headaches when combined with other relaxation techniques such as breathing or meditation. You could also mix a drop or two into about half a cup of massage oil and massage into the temples to treat your headaches.

Improves Skin Conditions

If you’re suffering from oily skin, hair or acne, try mixing one or two drops of lemongrass essential oil into a quarter to half a cup of warm water. Apply to directly to the skin or hair after cleansing or dab it onto acne.

If all of your skin is oily, try adding a few drops to bath water to improve your skin’s condition.

Fights Depression

Like many of the citrus essential oils, lemongrass oil can fight depression and help users feel energized. Mix some into a massage oil and give yourself a massage. You could also add some lemongrass oil to a diffuser (it will diffuse quicker than other essential oils), add a few drops to bath water, or simply place the bottle beneath your nose and inhale deeply for a few minutes.


Lemongrass oil can damage the skin if applied in too strong of a concentration. Like many other essential oils, less is more.

Essential oils should never be ingested unless recommended by a care provider. In addition, never apply essential oils directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Caution should be taken with essential oils during pregnancy and if breastfeeding. If you have any serious health condition, please check in with your care provider before using essential oils since they may worsen your condition.


1. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A to Z, Revised Edition. CW Daniel Company Limited, 1988.

2. Dye, Jane. Aromatherapy for Women and Children. CW Daniel Company Limited, 1992.


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This post is part of the series: Using Essential Oils to Improve Health

Essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary and lemongrass are important natural remedies to many health conditions such as headaches and even lice.

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