Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Plant Part Typically Used: Grass
Color: Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow
Perfumery Note: Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
Aromatic Description: Fresh, lemony, earthy.
Lemongrass Essential Oil Uses: Muscular aches and pains, gastrointestinal disorders, indigestion, physical and mental exhaustion, acne, insect repellent. Acne, athlete’s foot, excessive perspiration, flatulence, insect repellent, muscle aches, oily skin, scabies, stress.
Lemongrass Essential Oil is one of the first three essential oils that I purchased in my aromatherapy journey. The aroma is so lemony, fresh, invigorating and uplifting, and it was an important essential oil for me to begin with.
If you’re looking to work with an essential oil that has an intensely strong lemon aroma, Lemongrass Essential Oil is for you. It’s a beautiful essential oil to work with if you are looking for an essential oil that can help give you an emotional boost when life is challenging. It’s wonderful to include in blends for use when you are emotionally or physically lethargic or when you need help focusing.
Although cold pressed Lemon Essential Oil is phototoxic, steam distilled Lemongrass Essential Oil is not phototoxic. However, Lemongrass Essential Oil is abundant in citral (geranial and neral). It can pose a significant risk of skin sensitization when used over 0.7% in topical applications. A little goes a very long way in topical formulations.
Lemongrass Essential Oil can be helpful when carefully used in very-very low dilution by those that are challenged with acne-prone skin.
Aromatically, Lemongrass Essential Oil blends well with essential oils in the citrus, wood, mint and herbaceous families. Like Geranium Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil can easily overpower a blend, so use it minimally at first.