Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), which is closely related to citronella grass, is steam distilled from the leaves of the Cymbopogon flexuosus, a grassy plant native to India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand. This oil has a fresh and powerful aroma like the fragrance of lemons.
- Known as a folk remedy for stomach aches
- The citral in lemongrass essential oil may help ease strain and stiffness in the body
- Lemongrass is thought to be a more effective mosquito and tick repellent than citronella (its close cousin in the plant family)
Combine with a carrier oil to:
- Soothe insect bites
- To use as a part of your anti-aging skin care routine
- Use as a massage oil once a week to help reduce stress and anxiety
- Rub onto temples help ease stress
- Use as a mosquito repellent (reapply every 30 to 60 minutes for maximum effectiveness)
Add a few drops to the diffuser of your choice to:
- help reduce stomach nausea
- relieve stress and anxiety
Add a few drops
- to vinegar and distilled water to create an effective household cleaner
- to an outdoor oil lamp to help keep the bugs away
- to a cotton ball or handkerchief and breathe in the aroma when you need to balance or uplift your mood
Lemongrass essential oil blends well with lime, lavender, basil, orange yang ylang, grapefruit, lemon, patchouli, cedarwood, clove, tea tree, rosemary, ginger, peppermint, eucalyptus, and frankincense.
WORD OF CAUTION
Always mix Lemongrass essential oil with a carrier oil before applying topically. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
As a general rule, pregnant or nursing women should consult their physician before using essential oils.