The best lemongrass essential oil blends

by Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

As lemongrass is a light, refreshing, top note oil, it blends 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 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.

Fresh stalks of lemongrass.  Lemongrass essential oil blends.

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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 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 it’s 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 using 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, a number of 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 oils blends

(Please check the precautions at the end of the article to ensure safe use of all essential oils)

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, athletes foot and ringworm may clear if lemongrass is used.

Topical cream

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

This is really useful for treating specific areas of skin such as warts, and athletes foot.

Lemongrass for acne

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

Lemongrass for acne blend

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 blend

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

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 a hair oil. Lemongrass is also thought to strengthen and encourage hair growth due to its effectiveness at stimulating circulation.

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

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 the 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.

For more essential oils for HAIR & SCALP read here.

Lemongrass 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.

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 for the digestive system

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

Lemongrass digestive blend

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

Lemongrass for the immune system

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

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 against infections and illnesses. Apply directly to the area of infection. More essential oils to boost immunity here.

Lemongrass for the nervous system

An energising and stimulating oil lemongrass revives the emotions and relives stress related conditions and nervous exhaustion. It lifts depression an 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, then use in a diffuser.

Lemongrass diffuser blends

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

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

Lemongrass & Peppermint

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

Lemongrass and eucalyptus

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

Lemongrass & Mandarin

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

Lemongrass, Basil & Orange

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

Lemongrass, Lavender & Rosemary

A great diffuser blend for relieving headaches and migraines.

Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Geranium

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

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 of 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
About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years 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, that 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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