Lemongrass

Lemongrass is used in perfumery, to fragrance skin care products and soaps, and as a flavoring agent in cooking, soft drinks, candy, ice cream, and baked goods...

Cymbopogon citratus (West Indian Lemongrass)

Cymbopogon flexuosus (East Indian Lemongrass)

Note: Top

Parts Used: Leaves (grass)

Source: steam distillation from the fresh and partially dried leaves (grass), finely chopped from the fast growing, tall, aromatic perennial grass native to Asia that grows up to 1.5 metres.

Description and Odor Effect: 1. Cymbopogon citratus (West Indian lemongrass) a yellow, amber or reddish-brown liquid with a fresh, grassy-citrus scent and an earthy undertone. 2. Cymbopogon flexuosus (East Indian lemongrass) a yellow or amber liquid with a fresh, grassy-lemony scent, generally lighter than the West Indian variety.

Nature: uplifting, stimulating

Blends well with: eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, rose

Physical Uses: Lemongrass is used on the skin for acne, athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration and to tighten open pores. It acts as an insect repellent (fleas, lice, ticks) and as a treatment for pediculosis (lice infestation), scabies, and ringworm. Lemongrass reduces inflammation and swollen tissues; it improves muscle tone by contracting weak connective tissue, firming up slack skin tissue. It is stimulating for poor circulation. Lemongrass improves digestion, is used in the treatment of colitis, gastroenteritis, infectious diseases, and in the reduction of fevers.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Lemongrass is mood uplifting; it is reviving and improves alertness. It is balancing to the nervous system; it has a calming effect for headaches, nervous exhaustion, stress related conditions and promotes a restful sleep.

Caution: Use small amounts.

To clear mental clutter and improve mental clarity, place a drop of lemongrass essential oil on a tissue and inhale.

Therapeutic Properties: abortifacient, analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, astringent, calmative, carminative, deodorant, deodorizer, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, hypotensor, insect repellent, insecticide, nervine, parasiticide, regulator (parasympathetic system), reviving, sedative, stimulant (circulatory system), stomachic, tonic, tonifying (skin)

Application: application, aroma lamp, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray, vaporise

Keyword: Astringent

In Latin America, a leaf tea is taken for the stomach, lung congestion, urinary spasms, muscle and joint aches, colds, fevers, flu, headaches, nervousness, and to lower blood pressure. The leaves are chewed to relieve toothaches. The sap from the plant is made into a compress for eye infections. The rhizome tea is used as a mouthwash to help the gums and teeth.

Lemongrass Magic: lemongrass planted around the home and in the garden will repel snakes. it is also used in some lust potions, as well as in an infusion to aid in developing psychic powers.

Lemongrass Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To ease indigestion or stomach tension:

  • 2 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 drops Coriander Seed
  • 4 drops Mandarin
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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