Therapeutic Benefits & Uses of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

August 14, 2018

Therapeutic Benefits & Uses of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)

Lemongrass has an important place in aromatherapy and folk medicine. In Brazil, this plant and its oil have been used since centuries ago to treat nervous disorders, stomach issues and also as an insecticide. Today, on a global scale, its oil is now used for fighting cellulite, jet lag, revitalizing tired body and mind, and again as an excellent mosquito and bug repellent.

What is Lemongrass Essential Oil?

Lemongrass oil is distilled from two morphologically distinct grass species called Graminae or Cymbopogon. The variety Cymbopogon flexuosus is found in South India, Malabar, Cochin, Ceylon, Myanmar as well as Central and South America and the West Indies. Lemongrass essential oil has a pungent, bitter and lemony taste with a sweet, grassy, spicy, and energizing aroma. It has diuretic, diaphoretic, refrigerant, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic and astringent properties. Lemongrass essential oil is indicated for weak digestion, flatulence, intestinal infections, bladder and kidney infections, fluid retention, varicose veins, poor concentration and difficult mornings.

Let us study the therapeutic benefits & uses of Lemongrass essential oil in detail.

Therapeutic Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil

Antiseptic and Astringent

The essential oil of lemongrass is highly beneficial for people with oily skin and large pores. Herbalists often recommend adding a few drops of the oil to a mild shampoo to reduce greasiness of scalp and hair. Many cosmetic manufacturers use this oil in making soaps, moisturizers, creams etc. as well as in detergents, hand and body washes and perfumes owing to its deodorant, cleansing and antiperspirant actions.

Cholesterol Control

The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin published a study on Lemongrass for cholesterol control. The clinical trial was conducted on 22 people with high cholesterol who took 140 mg of Lemongrass oil capsules. On average, the people in the study experienced significant decreases in blood fats. Many participants also experienced nearly a 26 point reduction in cholesterol in just one month. Also, once the participants stopped taking Lemongrass oil, the cholesterol levels returned to previous levels.

Digestive Aid

When consumed internally in the form of a tea, Lemongrass can get rid of stomachaches, diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting, fever, flu, headaches and pain. Suggested use is to make a tea with the grass and drink it 1-3 times a day. You can also add a few drops of Lemongrass oil on a sugar cube and eat it 1-2 times a day. The leaves of Cymbopogon flexuosus can also be dried and powdered to make capsules for daily consumption.

Topical Uses

Lemongrass herb poultices or the essential oil of Lemongrass can also be applied topically to treat the following disorders and skin issues:

Athletes Foot


Lower back pain






Circulatory issues

Add a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil to a massage oil or lotion to relieve strained and aching muscles. You can also add it to bath water to reduce fever and boost the nervous system. One can also add it to creams and facial lotions to prevent excess oil and sebum. Use it as a compress or poultice to relieve Jock Itch, Tinea or ringworm infections. 

Insect Repellent

Last but not the least, another important therapeutic benefit of Lemongrass essential oil is of that as an insect repellent. Many studies have shown the efficacy of Lemongrass essential oil in repelling bugs like ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, ants and cockroaches. Several experts recommend crushing the grassy herb directly onto the skin to avoid insect bites while outside. Today, many bug repellent candles, creams, lotions, gels, pet shampoos and sprays contain this essential oil to ward off all kinds of bugs. You can also soak cotton balls with this oil and place it around your bed to repel mosquitoes. Re-soak the cotton ball every few hours for a strong repellent action. Add a few drops of the oil to your pet’s shampoo and use it while bathing your pet. This will repel fleas and ticks.

How to Use Lemongrass Essential Oil


Add a few drops to your handkerchief. You can also add the oil to a steaming bowl of water, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapors deeply for 5-10 minutes. This will relieve stress, headaches and migraines.


Add the oil to your room diffuser and relax in the fragrant aroma which is stimulating, anti-depressant and energizing. The oil will also keep bugs away and disinfect the air.


Apply the oil (diluted) to pulse points to smell fresh and feel invigorated and energized all day long.


For a full bath, add 10-15 drops to the water. For a hand or foot bath, add 3-5 drops. Soak for 15-20 minutes. This alleviates skin fungal infections, tension and stress.

For Massage and Skincare

Use diluted lemongrass oil. Add 2-5 drops per teaspoon of vegetable, coconut, sweet almond or olive oil.


Add 5-8 drops of the oil to warm water. Soak a clean flannel cloth in the mixture and wring out the excess. Apply to the skin. Press down gently for 3-4 minutes. Repeat as often as needed for up to an hour.


As can be seen, Lemongrass essential oil has many therapeutic and beauty benefits & uses. It is particularly beneficial to humans and pets as it helps repel bugs and annoying critters. All of these reasons make lemongrass essential oil an important part of your medicinal cabinet!

Our products that contain organic lemongrass oil:

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Spray

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Roll On

Deliciously Aromatic Natural Perfume & Insect Repellent Salve


Ayurveda and Aromatherapy: The Earth Essential Guide to Ancient Wisdom and Modern Healing By Light Miller, Bryan Miller

The Essentials of Aromatherapy Essential Oils by Miriam Kinai

Medical Disclaimer

The content found on this website is for informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Information and statements regarding health related benefits of certain ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your personal physician or other medical professional. Do not use the information found within this website to self-diagnose any medical conditions or treat any health problems or diseases. The information provided is not intended to prescribe or be taken as medical advice.





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