17 Amazing Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

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The health benefits of lemongrass essential oil can be attributed to its beneficial properties as an analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antipyretic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactagogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative, and a tonic.

What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?

Lemongrass essential oil is extracted through the process of steam distillation of dried lemongrass. Lemongrass is known by the scientific names Cymbopogon citratus or Andropogon citratus. The main constituents of its essential oil are myrcene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, nerol, geraniol, neral, limonene, and citral.

As the name implies, lemongrass smells just like lemons, but it is milder, sweeter, and far less sour. This grass is used in countless beverages (including tea), desserts, and other forms of culinary creations as a flavoring agent when fresh lemon is not available or is not to be used because of its potent flavor. It is widely used in Chinese and Thai recipes. It grows and spreads very fast like any other grass and fetches a good price in the market, which makes it a profitable and common item in organic and mainstream markets.

3 jars of lemongrass oil with whole and sliced lemongrass on a mat

Lemongrass Essential Oil Health Benefits

Lemongrass has many health benefits because of its medicinal properties. Let’s have a look at them in detail to gain the maximum benefit.

Relieves Pain

Analgesics reduce pain and inflammation. Lemongrass essential oil helps relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as toothaches and headaches resulting from viral infections like coughs, colds, influenza, fevers, and various poxes. It also helps reduce general body pain resulting from strenuous activities and athletics.

Reduces Depression

Lemongrass oil boosts self-esteem, confidence, hope, and mental strength, and it uplifts spirits and fights depression as well. This can be very helpful to drive away depression due to failure in career, personal life, insecurity, loneliness, stagnation, death in the family, and many other reasons. This also relieves anxiety. As an antidepressant, lemongrass can be systematically administered to patients with acute depression who are undergoing rehabilitation after acute shock. Basically, take it with your tea and relax.

Inhibits Microbial Growth

Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties which make it an inhibitor of microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally. It is also known to be effective in inhibiting bacterial infections in the colon, stomach, urinary tracts, wounds, respiratory system, and other organ systems, while also helping to cure diseases resulting from bacterial or microbial infections such as typhoid, food poisoning, skin diseases, body odor, and malaria (caused due to protozoon).

Lowers Fever

An antipyretic is an agent that brings down very high fever. This is quite similar to a febrifuge but it is effective on very high fever as well. This oil can bring down fever when it is tending to reach dangerous levels. This property of lemongrass, which comes from its essential oils, is widely known and utilized.

Heals Wounds

The antiseptic properties of lemongrass oil make it a good application for external and internal wounds as well as a useful ingredient in antiseptic lotions and creams. The antiseptic properties of this oil do not let the external or internal cuts and wounds become septic.

Astringent Property

An astringent helps the stoppage of blood flow by contraction of the blood vessels. If someone is bleeding profusely, you need to utilize an astringent to speed up clotting of the blood and stop the flow to save their life. The fact that lemongrass is an astringent helps in a different way too. It promotes contraction of gums, hair follicles, muscles, skin, and blood vessels, thereby preventing loosening and falling of teeth, hair loss, and it reduces the flow of blood through the vessels. Some of these properties can be life-saving, so lemongrass is an essential astringent.

Removes Flatulence

Lemongrass essential oil can efficiently handle the trouble people have with excess flatulence. It not only helps to remove gas from the intestine but also stops further gas formation. Furthermore, it provides the excess gas a safe downward passage by relaxing the muscles in the abdominal region.


Lemongrass oil is far better than many of the synthetic deodorants that are a big expense, a heavy impact on the environment, and have limited lasting effects. Also, those types of deodorant can sometimes produce irritation on the skin and can exacerbate certain allergies. Lemongrass oil can be a far better choice as a deodorant because it does not do any of these things. In a diluted form, it serves as an efficient deodorant without any side effects. The best thing about it is that it is herbal, so there is no damage to your body or the environment.

Stimulates Urination

Lemongrass oil increases the frequency of urination. This may not sound important but it can be very beneficial for health. When a person urinates, fats are lost from the body, because 4% of the volume of urine is composed of them. Obviously, the more you urinate, the more you lose fat. Urination also promotes digestion and inhibits the formation of excess gas. It removes excess water from the body and reduces swelling. The most important contribution of this oil is that it removes toxins from the body, not to mention its ability to reduce blood pressure. That is the reason why most pharmaceutical medications for lowering blood pressure induce frequent urination. Urination also helps clean the kidneys.

Battles Infections

Lemongrass oil helps bring down the fever by battling the infections from which the fever is caused, as well as by increasing perspiration, which induces sweating of toxins.

Treats Fungal Infections

Lemongrass oil has good fungicidal properties and may be used to treat fungal infections, both external and internal.

Promotes Lactation

It is a substance that increases the formation of milk in the breasts. It also enhances the quality of the milk. This property is very helpful for lactating mothers and babies who need this vital source of food. Lemongrass oil is a galactagogue. Apart from increasing milk production, it also helps babies in another way. Babies are prone to infections, so the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of lemongrass oil are also absorbed in the milk, thus indirectly helping the baby avoid such infections.

Kills Insects

Lemongrass is quite popular as an insect repellent due to its insecticidal properties. It kills insects and also keeps them away, but there isn’t enough research to know exactly which insects it affects, so there is no promise on cockroaches.

Treat Nervous Disorders

Lemongrass essential oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system in general. It may help treat nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs and nervousness. It also helps with convulsions, sluggishness, and lack of reflexes. It strengthens the nerves throughout the body and stimulates them.

Sedative Effect

Being a sedative is perhaps one of the most important and appreciated medicinal properties of lemongrass oil. It has a great soothing, sedating and calming effects on the mind, reduces inflammations, itching of the skin and it relieves tension and anxiety. This feature can help patients with insomnia as well.

Acts as Tonic

An agent which tones up and boosts health is a tonic. Lemongrass oil is a tonic in a very clear sense. It tones all the systems functioning in the body, such as the respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system, and excretory system, and facilitates absorption of nutrients into the body, thus providing strength and boosting the immune system.

Other Benefits

Lemongrass essential oil helps to treat cellulite, fungal infections, and digestive problems, while simultaneously reducing excessive perspiration.

Word of Caution

It is likely to irritate the skin and produce other types of irritations too. Hence it should be avoided during pregnancy and kept away from the eyes.

Blending: Lemongrass essential oil combines beautifully with the essential oils of basil, cedarwood, coriander, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lavandin, and tea tree.

Lemongrass Essential Oil FAQs

How to make lemongrass oil?

Lemongrass oil can be produced relatively easily, through a standard steam distillation process. While it is easier to simply purchase your own pre-distilled variety, you can make lemongrass oil by taking two lemongrass stalks, crushing or mashing them with a mortar and pestle. The oil will be released, and it can be collected in a jar. Place the stalks in the oil mixture and let it sit for at least two days for maximum potency.

What is lemongrass oil good for?

Lemongrass oil has been widely praised by people around the world due to its analgesic, antimicrobial, diuretic, astringent, and nervine effects. It can help to relieve pain, boost mood, protect the integrity of the immune system, speed up wound healing, stop excessive bleeding, prevent body odor, detoxify the body and stimulate the production of milk for breastfeeding women. It can also impact hormone levels and lower fever.

How to use lemongrass essential oil?

There are a few ways to use lemongrass essential oils, including topical and internal applications. You can choose to drink diluted lemongrass oil for its anti-inflammatory and hormone-modulating effects or as an additive in teas and beverages as a flavoring agent. You can also topically apply lemongrass oil to the skin, particularly in the case of acne or other skin irritations.

Where to buy lemongrass oil?

From the smallest natural health suppliers to major big-box stores such as Walmart and Target, you can easily access and purchase lemongrass essential oil. Health stores like GNC and herbalists are also reliable sources to find this beneficial oil.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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