Lemongrass has a smoky, citrus scent. Often used in Asian cuisine, lemongrass is a tall reed-like plant. Its leaves are steam distilled to produce a strong citrusy aroma that can be used in aromatherapy, perfumes, soaps, and more.
Lemongrass essential oil is known to help soothe nervous feelings and mental fatigue. This makes it a great oil to use at work or school – either diffuse or use topically. It can also be used to promote feelings of positivity and spiritual wellness. You can also use lemongrass essential oil topically by diluting it with a carrier oil.
Because of the strong citrus scent that lemongrass oil gives off, it’s a good essential oil use as an air freshener. Diffusing the oil in a bedroom, living room, or bathroom can help to refresh the air, leaving a pleasant scent behind. You can also create an easy linen spray by adding a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to two parts distilled water, one part witch hazel.
This oil contains aldehydes that are known to naturally repel insects. Lemongrass can be diffused on your porch or patio to help keep bugs away. To use this oil as an insect repellant, you can also use it topically. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or castor oil and dab onto your wrists, neck, and ankles.
Lemongrass oil is a revitalizing and soothing oil that makes it a great option for massage, especially since it contains properties that help to ease muscle aches. Simply dilute into a massage oil such as fractionated coconut or sweet almond oil and massage into your own skin or a partner’s. For a relaxing boost, add a diffuser with another relaxing essential oil, such as lavender, to the room.
Skincare can also benefit from lemongrass essential oil. It is a purifying oil that can help to cleanse the skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes and pores. It’s a great oil to use diluted as a toner: add a few drops to witch hazel or your facial oil to give your skin a fresh boost.