Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon citratus) is the absolute embodiment of ‘Summer’ – having a strong citrusy scent with earthy undertones which reminds us of the great outdoors!
The essential oil is steam distilled from a scented grass that is native to India, but also found in other tropical areas in South-east Asia, Central America and South America.
A more subtle alternative to Lemon, lemongrass essential oil is widely used in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine, and is said to have many therapeutic benefits as an essential oil:
Uplifting for the mind & calming for the nervous system
With its light, fresh, citrus scent, lemongrass is an extremely uplifting oil for the mind, making it a great anti-depressant. It can help lift negative thoughts, fear and stress, and is really useful for energising, relieving stress-related fatigue and insomnia. It is a great tonic for the nervous system, helping to soothe, relax and relieve anxiety. Vaporise a few drops of lemongrass oil in an aromatherapy candle burner or diffuser in the morning to remind the body to wake up, whilst also soothing daily stresses!
Refreshing, stimulating and deodorising
Its fresh scent leaves a room feeling joyful, balanced and summery! It is stimulating for the mind and can help to improve mental clarity.
Great for the skin and immune system
Lemongrass has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a great astringent for oilier skin and is also said to be full of antioxidants, and an effective detoxifier. It is also a good insect repellent to help stop summery bug bites! Add 1 drop of lemongrass for every 5ml of moisturising lotion, or create a spritz (up to 30 drops of oil in 100ml water in a spray bottle) to boost you through the day whilst building immunity.
The oil’s deodorising and antifungal properties may also be useful in foot baths for fungal infections, and refreshing, tired, sweaty, smelly feet. Dilute up to 3 drops of lemongrass to 10ml of base oil or milk and add to a bowl of warm water. Soak the feet for a while, dry thoroughly, then massage in the above lotion blend.
Analgesic for muscle pain
Lemongrass essential oil is thought to have analgesic properties that can help to relieve muscular aches and pains. Create a massage oil with up to 3 drops of lemongrass in 10ml of our carrier oils and massage into the affected area. It works for headaches too – simply rub some of the same blend into the temples and forehead.
Good for digestion
The use of Lemongrass in cooking – especially in Thai recipes, and also tea, suggests it has carminative properties! Relaxing the muscles in the digestive area, it helps relieve gas and bloating. Massage clockwise into the stomach using the above mentioned blend.
Safety Notes: May cause skin irritation. Never apply Lemongrass undiluted to the skin. Patch test before use and do not apply to the skin prior to sun exposure as it can be photosensitive.