To make use of Lemongrass in aromatherapy, start by adding 12 drops of the essential oil to 1 teaspoon of your favourite carrier oil, which could include coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil. Mix the oils together into a warm bath or massage the oil into your skin.
Benefits of Lemongrass essential oil include:
Healthier Skin: Lemongrass contains purifying and toning benefits, and can be used in your skin care routine to help promote skin health. Add a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer to help tone and purify skin. The oil has similar benefits to that of Tea-tree, which can help promote the appearance of healthy fingernails and toenails. Try combining the Lemongrass oil with Tea-tree essential oil and apply the mixture to your fingernails and toenails to help them look and feel clean and healthy. You can also add Lemongrass oil to shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, soaps and lotions. The oil is an effective cleanser for all skin types. Its antiseptic and astringent properties make Lemongrass oil perfect for developing even and glowing skin, which is why it will form a large part of your natural skin care routine. When used with steam from hot water, it can open up your pores and helps loosen any build-up of dirt for a deeper cleanse. It can also serve as a natural toner and strengthen your skin tissue.
Healthier Hair: Another fun fact about the oil is that by rubbing it into your hair, scalp and body, you can alleviate headaches or muscle pain. This brings us onto our next set of benefits for healthy, strong hair! One of the best natural oils to have benefits for your hair, Lemongrass oil can strengthen your hair follicles. If you are struggling with hair loss or an itchy and irritated scalp, then massage a few drops of Lemongrass oil into your scalp for two minutes and then rinse. The soothing and bacteria-killing properties will leave your hair shiny, fresh and odour-free.
Eases Anxiety: Lemongrass is one of several essential oils that help with anxiety. The mild smell of Lemongrass oil is known to relieve anxiety and irritability and help achieve an overall sense of calm and collectiveness. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine found that when subjects were exposed to anxiety-causing situations and smelled the scent of Lemongrass oil, the group experienced a decrease in anxiety and subjective tension, immediately after treatment administration. If you feel like you need a stronger or more effective solution to anxiety using Lemongrass, then create your own massage oil or add Lemongrass oil to your body lotion. You can also try having a cup of Lemongrass tea at night before bed to experience its calming benefits (note this tea is made from the leaves, not the essential oil).
Natural Bug Repellent: Lemongrass oil is known to repel bugs, such as mosquitoes and ants, as it consists of a high level of citral and geraniol. This natural repellent has a mild smell and can be sprayed directly on the skin. You can even use lemongrass oil to kill fleas by adding about five drops of oil to water to create your own spray, then apply the spray to your pet’s coat.
Natural Deodorizer and Cleaner: Using lemongrass oil as a natural and safe air freshener can be achieved by adding the oil to water and making use of it as a mist, oil diffuser or vaporizer. By adding other essential oils, like Lavender or Tea-tree oil, you can customize your own natural fragrance. Cleaning with Lemongrass essential oil is a great idea as not only does it naturally deodorize your home, but it also helps to sanitize it.
Blends well with: Tea-tree, Basil, Lavender, Cardamom, or Spearmint.