Lemongrass essential oil is one of the most accessible and inexpensive essence oils you can find. This is because it is a plant that is easy to grow, and easy to press for oil. It has one of the most citrus-like scents you can find, smelling a bit like lemon zest with a deep green grassy smell added to the mix.
Aside from using lemongrass oil diluted as a cleaner or in a diffuser, there are actually several other little known uses for this essential oil. Its naturally astringent and antibacterial qualities make it great for several other uses.
A Natural Insect Repellant
Lemongrass oil is a natural repellant for mosquitoes and many other types of biting bugs. It is really good at masking the scent they are attracted to, as well as having its own repellant qualities that they tend to avoid.
You can try to spray some into the air periodically outside around an area where you will be sitting, or spray it on your clothes. If spraying on the skin, make sure it is diluted enough so it won’t cause sensitivity. Some people can be very sensitive to this oil when used topically on the skin, so caution is needed.
A Natural Pain Reliever
You can also use lemongrass to help fight pain and inflammation. The same rules apply here, you don’t want to use this oil undiluted. You would always need to dilute it in a carrier oil, and do a patch test to make sure you aren’t sensitive.
We use lemongrass in our Acne Soap. This is because it is a very powerful antibacterial agent. Acne is caused by bacterial getting lodged in the pores, so killing it on the surface is a very effective way to alleviate new breakouts.
It also happens to be an excellent astringent, meaning it cleans surfaces very well. It can really be effective at breaking up surface oils and other “gunk”. That makes it not only an effective addition to battling acne, but also a great natural cleaner for various household surfaces. Along with this, it can help tone the pores of the skin due to its astringent quality.
This also makes it an excellent addition to various soaps and cleansers. It eliminates bacteria and other microbes very effectively. This means it can really help with sanitizing your hands and other parts of the body that have come in contact with harmful bacteria or microbes.