17 fragrant & powerful lemongrass essential oil diffuser blends & recipes

by Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

Lemongrass has a lovely, light, citrusy fragrance, but instead of a citrus fruit, lemongrass is an actual grass and the essential oil is extracted from these grasses. Lemongrass has many wonderful benefits, so here we are going to look at these and discover some wonderful lemongrass essential oil blends.

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Lemongrass Diffuser Blends

For inhalation of Lemongrass essential oil blends, you can use a burner or a diffuser.

Uplift & Refresh

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Peppermint

An uplifting and refreshing blend, that clears and focuses the mind.

Head & Chest Clearer

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus

This blend will be great at treating any respiratory conditions while clearing the head and cooling heightened emotions.


  • 3 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 drops Mandarin

A good blend for soothing anxiety and easing the symptoms of depression.

Fresh Focus

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 4 drops Orange

A wonderfully uplifting, summer-like blend, for promoting focus of the mind and clarity of thought.

Headache Relief

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Rosemary

A great diffuser blend for relieving headaches and migraines.

Stress away

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Geranium

Uplifting, refreshing and good for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety

Spa bathroom

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 drops Lime
  • 2 drops Lavender

Create the aroma of a spa in your bathroom, with this citrus, floral blend.

Flies away

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 3 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Tea Tree

A perfect blend to use during the summer, to keep away mosquitos, flies, and other bugs.

Stomach aid

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Ginger

An ideal blend to relieve feelings of nausea, or stomach discomfort.

Immune booster

  • 4 drops Lemongrass
  • 2 drops Thyme
  • 4 drops Orange

A great blend to diffuse when there is an illness in the house, or to simply boost immunity against illness.

For your blends you might like to use a burner – this is my favourite way of releasing the scents of my blends. This is the one I use;

Or you may prefer a diffuser, such as this one;

Lemongrass Essential Oils Blends

Lemongrass first aid cream

  • Small amount of plain cream
  • 1-2 drops of Lemongrass

This is a really useful cream for keeping in your first aid kit, for treating specific areas of skin such as warts, and athletes’ foot. According to a study Lemongrass essential oil is beneficial against the growth of fungus.

Lemongrass essential oil blends for acne

A scientific study has shown the efficacy of lemongrass against bacteria, so makes a good base for skin oils.

A really good blend for drawing out spots and acne, and deep cleansing the skin. Massage a small amount into the skin, on cleansed skin, in the evening.

A good blend for cleansing, clearing, and soothing acne. Massage into clean skin in the evening. Create your own oily skin face wash here.

Anti-fungal Lemongrass essential oil blend

All these oils have fungicidal properties, so make a great combination to treat conditions such as athletes’ foot and ringworm.

Lemongrass hair rinse

A straightforward rinse to add shine to your hair. After shampooing, massage this blend into your scalp and through the lengths of the hair. Rinse well.

Adding Rosemary to the hair rinse will add extra hair growth stimulation. And a wonderful herby fragrance!

Lemongrass hair oil blends

A lovely treatment oil that can be used before washing the hair. Argan oil is great for strengthening the hair as well as taming frizz and promoting shine. Blend the Argan oil and lemongrass together. Apply to the scalp and massage in bringing the oil down the lengths of the hair. You can leave this in as a mask, then continue with your shampoo and conditioner.

This will be a brilliant oil for the prevention of dandruff and giving relief from an itchy and flaky scalp. Blend together and apply to the scalp and massage in. Leave on as a mask and then continue with your shampoo and conditioner.

You can also add a drop of Lemongrass essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner to regularly prevent dandruff or itchy, flaky scalp.

More essential oils for HAIR & SCALP.

Bones & Muscles blend

This is a great blend for soothing aches and pains. The fresher lighter Lemongrass and Chamomile blend well with the stronger, warming Black Pepper. Black Pepper is very stimulating and warming, so be careful if you have very sensitive skin.

Lemongrass digestive blend

A good blend to ease nausea, settle the stomach, and regulate digestion. Massage gently into the abdomen.

Lemongrass immune blend

Avocado is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants so makes an ideal base for this blend which is good for protecting and preventing infections and illnesses. Apply directly to the area of infection. More essential oils to boost immunity.

What does Lemongrass blend well with?

As lemongrass is a light, refreshing, top note oil, it blends very well with many other essential oils. The best essential oils Lemongrass blends well with are;

  • Basil
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Palmarosa
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus

Lemongrass is a very refreshing essential oil, both cooling, soothing and stimulating at the same time, meaning that it has many, many benefits and positive effects on the mind and body!

Lemongrass grows, and is cultivated in Asia, the West Indies, and East India, and is extracted by steam distillation. It is commonly used in cooking, and fresh or dried lemongrass makes a great addition to many curries, soups, and stir-fries!

Lemongrass essential oil blend benefits

Each essential oil has a variety of properties or therapeutic actions. This means the effects that the oil can have on the body or the mind.

The properties of lemongrass are;

  • Antidepressant – helps in lifting the emotions, and relieves the symptoms of depression
  • Antiseptic – removes or prevents infection
  • Astringent – contracts and tightens the skin tissues
  • Stimulant – stimulates the whole body or a particular area
  • Tonic – invigorating; gives a feeling of well being
  • Uplifting – helps lift the spirits and emotions, and helps positive thinking.

How to use Lemongrass essential oil

Due to its many benefits on the skin, body and ,mind, there are many ways that Lemongrass essential oil can be used to have positive effects.


Using a diffuser or a burner is an easy way to use Lemongrass and reap the many benefits. A diffuser or burner, allows the scent of the oils to fill an area so that the aromas can be inhaled through the olfactory system and have good psychological effects.

Body massage oil

Lemongrass can be blended with other essential oils and a carrier oil to create a massage oil, which can then be applied to the skin to relieve various conditions.

Facial massage oil

A facial massage oil can be blended to treat skin conditions on the face, such as acne or oily skin.

Topical cream

When mixed with a plain body cream, lemongrass can make an effective topical treatment cream for conditions such as athletes’ foot or warts.

Hair products

As Lemongrass has so many great benefits for the hair, several products can be created to treat. (See below)

For full blending instructions and techniques READ HERE. Lemongrass also makes a great mosquito repellent!

lemongrass essential oil benefits

Lemongrass for the skin

Lemongrass has great benefits for the skin but is actually a lesser-used ingredient in skincare. It works well on infections due to its antiseptic properties. Fungal infections such as thrush, athlete’s foot, and ringworm may clear if lemongrass is used.

Lemongrass for acne

Lemongrass is a very good astringent, so good for oily skin. It acts as an astringent so the tissues of the skin are tightened, meaning that less oil can secrete onto the skin surface, reducing the oiliness of the skin. Due to its antiseptic properties, it is a good cleanser and tonic for acne and oily skin.

Lemongrass for hair

This essential oil is effective for dandruff or itchy, flaky scalp. By using it regularly it can rid the scalp of the excess dry skin. Lemongrass is also good for adding shine to the hair. It can be used either added to your shampoo or conditioner, in a hair rinse or blended as hair oil. Lemongrass is also thought to strengthen and encourage hair growth due to its effectiveness at stimulating circulation.

Lemongrass essential oil blends for bones & muscles

Lemongrass is useful for easing aching joints and joint conditions such as rheumatism or arthritis. It is also good for muscular aches, pains, strains, and sprains, easing any pain and inflammation. Massaging this lemongrass essential oil blend, will relieve tired legs and ease the pressure on varicose veins. It will also be useful for sports injuries.

Lemongrass essential oils blends for the digestive system

Lemongrass is good for relieving indigestion and has a soothing effect on symptoms of stomach bugs, having a tonic effect on nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Lemongrass is also thought to stimulate the appetite, so useful for those with eating disorders or after a stomach illness.

Lemongrass essential oils blends for the immune system

Lemongrass is a good essential oil to treat infections and reduce fevers.

Lemongrass essential oil blends for the nervous system

An energising and stimulating oil of lemongrass revives the emotions and relieves stress-related conditions and nervous exhaustion. It lifts depression, low moods and headaches. It also soothes the emotions such as anger and frustration. The best way to use Lemongrass for the nervous system or to treat the mind rather than the body, use it in a diffuser.

Precautions of Lemongrass essential oil

Lemongrass is non-toxic but may be slightly irritating to the skin on sensitive skins. The essential oil should not be used neat on the skin but blended into a carrier oil or substance.

However, please be aware of the following precautions for some of the other oils used in the blends;

Avoid during pregnancy

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Myrrh
  • Chamomile
  • Thyme

Avoid sunlight after application

  • Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Grapefruit
  • Bergamot

Incompatible with homeopathic treatments

  • Peppermint
  • Black Pepper

Avoid if epileptic or with high blood pressure

  • Rosemary
DISCLAIMER; Even though I am a qualified and experienced aromatherapist, the recommendations in this article are suggestions only. If ever in any doubt about the use of essential oils, then please consult a medical professional. If you have a particular illness or medical issue, then advice from a medical professional should be sought before using essential oils.
About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.

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