17 Amazing Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

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 substance.

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, where 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.

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

Things that are considered an analgesic, 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 cough, cold, influenza, fever, and various poxes. It also helps cure 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. 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.

Lemongrass essential oilInhibits 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 an ingredient in antiseptic lotions and creams. The antiseptic properties of this oil do not let the external and 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 out 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 source of 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.

Deodorant

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 power. 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 this 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 fats. 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 out of toxins.

Cures Fungal Infections

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

Promotes Lactation

It is a substance or an agent 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 the babies who need this vital source of food. Lemongrass oil is a Galactogogue. 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 and thus indirectly help the baby avoid such infections.

lemongrassKills 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.

Cures Nervous Disorders

Lemongrass Essential Oil acts as a tonic for the nerves and the nervous system in general. It helps cure many nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs, nervousness, vertigo, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and 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 most appreciated medicinal properties of Lemongrass Oil. It has great soothing, sedating and calming effects on the mind, cures inflammations, itching of skin and it relieves tension and anxiety. This feature can help patients of 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 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 cure cellulite, fungal infections, and digestive problems, while simultaneously reducing excessive perspiration.

Few Words 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, Cedar Wood, 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, crush or mash 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 lowers 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 and is also commonly used as an additive in teas and beverages as a flavoring agent. You can 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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The little bottle says external use only, so how can I consume it?

Elizabeth Marie Graham

I purchased lemongrass because I wanted to add it to lotion but now I'm finding menu more uses for it. How many drops is suggested for 8oz of water?

Leticia Torres

Hi Elizabeth:
I normally start with 2 drops with any oil and increase to four, I put it straight in my tongue and drink the water, if you put it in the water you waist the oil, hope this helps. Blessings 😉

Marisa Adele Montecino

You can ingest young living oils. Try those.

Oil and water don't mix so you should never ingest this way. Really you shouldn't ingest essential oils without the guidance of an aromatherapist. It's an amazing oil diffused or diluted and applied topically.

I usually put a few drops in a gel cap. You can also put a few drops in a glass of water. Another option is to dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply topically to the abdominal area. I usually take it every 2-4 hrs or around 4 times a day when I have a cold or uti. But if you take essential oils orally, u must drink lots of water. Hope this helps.

Does anyone know how to use lemongrass for digestive issues?

where to buy good lemongrass essential oil at reasonable price in Singapore?

Jimmy, if you are not able to find it, there is an amazing company that sells essential oils and their market just opened in Singapore. An incrediable opportunity to really help people and have financial freedom. You can contact me for more information. Be well!

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Jimmy, Please check in your nearby market or you can check for online stores that deliver essential oils.

i have heartburn..when a started drinking lemon grass tea its effective to relieve heartburn. very effective

My daughter just gave birth and has inflammation and irritation at her incision site..Is it safe to use lemongrass mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil while near the baby?? I was concerned that the scent would affect his immature lungs..after all it will be on her hands and body and the baby will be nursing so he will inhale the scent..Thanks!!

I wad told to combine lemongrass and grapefruit oil to control cholesterol levels...is this information correct?

This article is well structured and full of facts...

thanks luann if your still on for info on how to use i'm going to try internally with my homeade special water, no specific recipe, resembles detox waters with what things are in season, because I've been having awful stomach issues and haven't found anything to help yet, it's part of IBS.

thanks luann if your still on for info on how to use i'm going to try internally with my homeade special water, no specific recipe, resembles detox waters with what things are in season, because I've been having awful stomach issues and haven't found anything to help yet, it's part of IBS.

using method has not been clarified it has to be burnt & take smell or to apply on body so may ailments r to be cured with this . for depression & anxiety clarify the method of use.

Gail Bill SphynxCat

Ear infection relief???

I realize your question regarding ear infection relief was quite some time ago, but thought I'd still respond, as I have a lot of issues with ear aches and infections. Some come with allergies too. I use basil, tea tree and lavender oils for my ear. DO NOT put it directly into the ear canal. You can put drops on a cotton ball and leave in the ear for a while ( i like to do this overnight), or you can rub the oils on the outer part of the ear and behind the ear, as it will be absorbed to where it is needed most. ***Good Luck and Be Healthy***

Jose Nabus Bilag

How could a patient use if he has complicated illness? if an individual suffers from high blood pressure , high uric acid , heart failure and diabetic?

Can you provide and how to use the proper dosage for each use, thank you for your attention.

Sue Sawhill Apito

Answering that could be the practice of medicine without a license.

Sue Sawhill Apito

Answering that could be the practice of medicine without a license.

LuAnn Horne Dewey

Oils can be ingested, rubbed on location or defused in the air.

Charmaine Thekingandi Smith

One of my favorite Essential oils!

Trexia Landanganon

hey!

sounds very interesting