Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, & Recipes


I first discovered Lemongrass Essential Oil as a natural and effective alternative to the harsh chemicals in cleaning products. It smells divine and has a wide variety of practical uses and benefits.

In this blog, I will share all the beautiful benefits and recipes with you so you can experience Lemongrass Essential Oil’s magic for yourself. Let’s get started!

What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?

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Lemongrass Essential Oil is a natural oil extracted from the lemongrass plant, scientifically known as Cymbopogon flexuosus. It is obtained through steam distillation, yielding a pale to vivid yellow color with a thin consistency. This essential oil is undeniably a treasure to every aromatherapy enthusiast because it boasts an earthy and citrusy aroma that presents itself as a top note — invigorating, refreshing, and stimulating to one’s senses. But beyond its scent, Lemongrass Essential Oil also benefits mental well-being. Its numerous benefits make it an essential oil you shouldn’t miss adding to your aromatherapy collection.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Benefits

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Lemongrass Essential Oil has been shown to have aromatic and deodorizing properties, according to a study (1). This study showed that it can be an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fragrances that can fill our homes with toxins. Try it in a diffuser in your bathroom to help refresh the air!


Lemongrass Essential Oil is one of my favorite oils to use in cleaning. Aside from its fresh, lemony scent, it also has strong disinfectant properties that are more effective than standard chemical disinfectants like Lysol (2).

Lemongrass Oil is an excellent cleaner for surfaces and can also be used to disinfect the air. In another study that tested essential oils against six common respiratory pathogens, Cinnamon Bark and Lemongrass Essential Oils effectively disinfect the air when diffused (3).

Strengthens Hair

Lemongrass Essential Oil is an excellent addition to DIY hair care products. In a 2015 study, it was found to reduce dandruff significantly (4). Dandruff can cause itchiness and scratching, damaging hair follicles and ultimately leading to hair loss.

Deters Insects

Lemongrass is a beautiful natural insect repellent. It is an effective repellent against mosquitoes and houseflies, according to this study (5).


Lemongrass Essential Oil has excellent detoxifying effects. A study that used Lemongrass Essential Oil infused in serum showed a positive impact on the subject’s antioxidant status.

Supports Women’s Wellness

Lemongrass Essential Oil has traditionally been used to treat menstrual cramps, bloating, and hot flashes. A published study mentioned that this oil helps cool down the body and has anti-inflammatory properties to ease cramps and pain caused by menstruation (6).

Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses & Recipes

Insect Repellant Recipes

Mixing a few drops of Lemongrass Oil in recipes can create a natural insect repellant that smells great and is effective at keeping those bothersome bugs at bay. Give it a try, and enjoy a bug-free summer.

Health & Wellness Recipes

Whether you’re feeling discomfort or want to add a refreshing and fragrant twist to your wellness recipes, Lemongrass Essential Oil can do the trick.

Cleaning Recipes

Lemongrass Essential Oil is an incredible natural cleaner. With Lemongrass Essential Oil, you will be cleaning your home safely and saving money by making your cleaning products.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Lemongrass is a great addition to any aromatherapy routine, especially if you want to refresh your home’s scent and deodorize your space. This essential oil carries a full-bodied, citrusy aroma and is perfect for blending into your diffuser recipe.

Inhaler & Roll-On Recipes

If you’re looking for a natural and refreshing way to lift your mood, Lemongrass Essential Oil is the perfect solution. Incorporating it into inhaler and roll-on recipes makes it extremely easy to enjoy its benefits on the go.

Lemongrass Essential Oil Blends Well With


Lemongrass Essential Oil has a fresh, citrusy, and slightly earthy aroma. Its smell resembles Lemon Essential Oil but has a stronger, more penetrating, and earthy scent. Bergamot, Cedarwood, Citronella, Fir Needle, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, and Pine Essential Oils all blend well with Lemongrass Essential Oil.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

Bug Fighter Blend

Aroma: Fresh

Bug Fighter Essential Oil Blend can keep your home pest-free (naturally!) and can easily shield you from nature’s outdoor annoyances. With a combination of Patchouli, Cedarwood, and Lemongrass Essential Oils for greater efficiency and effectiveness, Bug Fighter Essential Oil Blend can be used in many ways!

Also Available: Bug Fighter Essential Oil Roll-On

What’s the Science Behind Lemongrass Oil?

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Plant Description

Lemongrass is a tall perennial plant that belongs to the Poaceae grass family. It has bright green-colored leafy stalks that gracefully arch upward before bending downward. Lemongrass is native to India and Sri Lanka, grows up to 2-4 ft tall, and has widths reaching 2-3 ft wide.

Chemical Constituents

Geranial & Neral

Geranial and Neral are the two geometric isomers of Citral. Citral has a strong lemony-citrus scent and is used as an aroma compound in perfumery. It is considered a critical component responsible for the lemon note. Citral also has pheromonal effects in acari and insects and has shown promising insecticidal and antifungal activity against storage pests.

Geranyl Acetate

Geranyl acetate is a colorless liquid with a pleasant floral or fruity rose aroma. It is used primarily as a component of perfumes for creams and soaps and as a flavoring ingredient. It is used mainly in rose, lavender, and geranium formulations with a desired sweet, fruity, or citrus aroma. Geranyl acetate is designated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

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Things to Remember When Using Lemongrass Essential Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly.

This essential oil is not generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 10+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

Lemongrass Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post.

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Where to Buy Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil is becoming increasingly popular due to its numerous health and wellness benefits. If you need a reliable and trustworthy source of Lemongrass Essential Oil, Simply Earth is an excellent option to consider. With their commitment to offering only high-quality and pure oils without any fillers or artificial fragrances, you can feel confident that you’re getting the best product possible. Additionally, Simply Earth offers affordable pricing that makes it accessible to everyone. And perhaps the best part is that 13% of their profit goes towards fighting human trafficking, so you can feel good about supporting a company that is making a positive difference in the world. Don’t settle for anything less than the best – check out Simply Earth’s Lemongrass Essential Oil today.

  1. Ngan T. T. K., Hien T. T., et al. Formulation of the Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil-based eco-friendly diffuse solution. 2020 Oct
  2. ThejasK M, Aswathy P.G, Surya N.K, Metilda H, Study On Disinfectant Potential Of Lemon Grass Oil Against Common Pathogens, 2016 Jul
  3. Shigeharu Inouye, Toshio Takizawa, Hideyo Yamaguchi. Antibacterial activity of essential oils and their major constituents against respiratory tract pathogens by gaseous contact. 2001 May
  4. Chaisripipat W, Lourith N, Kanlayavattanakul M. Anti-dandruff Hair Tonic Containing Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Oil. 2015 Jul
  5. Baldacchino F, Tramut C, Salem A, et al. The repellency of lemongrass oil against stable flies, tested using video tracking. 2013 Jun
  6. Shah G, Shri R, Panchal V, Sharma N, Singh B, Mann AS. Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus, stapf (Lemon grass). 2011