I use a lot of different essential oils as fragrance for my soapmaking, but these actually serve many other uncommon uses. One of my favorites is Lemongrass Essential Oil. Lemongrass is a key ingredient in the Purification and Ortho Sport blends. It can be worn alone or mixed with other complementary oils to help awaken the senses. Lemongrass oil has a light and fresh lemony smell with earthy undertones. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing. If you are not sure about an oil, I always dilute and test on one area of skin.
5 Different Uses For Lemongrass Essential Oils
1. Insect repellent:
Insects don’t like lemongrass! Remember those biting gnats we discovered during our family vacation to Jekyll Island? The gnat repellent mentioned, No Natz, also has a lemongrass base which makes perfect sense.
Anyway, to use lemongrass as a bug repellent, apply it to the edges of your clothing to repel climbing insects like ticks, or to exposed skin to repel mosquitoes and other flying biting bugs. Just remember to dilute with a bit of carrier oil (ex. almond oil, olive oil, sesame oil, etc.) or salve when applying directly to the skin.
2. Flea repellent:
Lemongrass will also work to repel fleas. For dogs, apply to a piece of cloth (such as a bandanna) or collar. Since cats are more sensitive to essential oils in general, check with your veterinarian before using any essential oil on your pet. Summertime is the perfect time to give this a try.
Great for stress relief, you can use lemongrass essential oil aromatically to mitigate fatigue. A diffuser or even a few drops on a cotton ball will work beautifully. Topically, mix a drop or two with a carrier oil and either massage into your temples.
4. Body odor:
Commercial deodorants often contain lemongrass. If you are prone to body odor, adding a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to your moisturizing body lotion or salve will help combat unpleasant body odors.
Essential oils are great for headaches and especially allergy-related headaches, lemongrass is a super star. It is also useful for individuals who are sensitive to Peppermint essential oil, which is usually the recommended EO for headaches. Rub a little on your temples, keeping away from eyes or across your forehead.
Where to Buy Lemongrass Essential Oils
You can usually find lemongrass essential oils and other essential oils in your local health food store and sometimes, at retail chains like Walmart or Walgreens, though supplies may be limited. You can also find this on Amazon.com.