Lemongrass Essential Oil (West Indian: Cymbopogon citratus East Indian: Cymbopogon flexuosus)


It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the grass.


Lemongrass oil comes from the leaves of the Cymbopogon citratus plant. It has a sweet citrus scent. It has an antidepressant and diuretic effect.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Lemongrass Essential Oil smells fresh, lemony and slightly herbaceous.
  • Major Compounds: Geranial, Neral, Geranyl Acetate, Geraniol, (+)-Limonene
  • Perfumery Note: Top
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Pale Yellow to Vivid Yellow
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Grass
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Aches Bad Breath Cellulite Deodorant Depression Scabies Stretch Marks Sun Burn : Mild Sweaty Feet Swellings

Therapeutic Benefits of Lemongrass:

Anti-anxiety Anti-epileptic Relaxant

Other Uses for Lemongrass:

Hair Care

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Lemongrass:

Lemongrass oil may irritate sensitive skin. May provoke Asthma attack in Ashmatic patients.

Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 and that there is a risk of teratogenicity. They precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 334-335.]

This essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using it in the bath, even if it is solubilized/diluted.

Safety Precautions for Lemongrass:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.