10 Recipes with Lemongrass Essential Oil- Cymbopogon citratus

Delicious lemongrass

Delicious lemongrass

Lemongrass belongs to the Poaceae family (the grasses), and its genus is Cymbopogon. Other plants you may know in this family are palmarosa, citronella and vetiver (same family different Genus).

Commercially lemongrass essential oil comes from Cymbopogon citratus and Cymbopogon flexuosis, some of my suppliers have both, and some only have one.

“East Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), also called Cochin grass or Malabar grass (Malayalam: (inchippullu), is native to Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand, while West Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is native to maritime Southeast Asia.” Wikipedia

Recently I have seen more C. flexuosis on offer and I wouldn’t really be able to tell the difference unless I had both bottles to sniff at the same time. There are variations in chemical constituents however if you bought either you would be fine to use them in the recipes below.

An essential oil steam in the shower will do wonders for your mind and energy levels - pic via completehealthcircle.com

An essential oil steam in the shower will do wonders for your mind and energy levels – pic via completehealthcircle.com

1. Put A few Drops Of Oil into the bottom of the Shower

This works in a similar way to just taking a whiff straight from the bottle, but if you’ve got an extra minute, it will give you a completely different experience. Your whole body will be immersed in an essential oil steam.

With a lemongrass steam in the shower expect to feel uplifted, awakened, refreshed and ready to go. Some extra happiness may also randomly occur.

Nourish your body with a beautiful oil blend - pic via redbookmag.com

Nourish your body with a beautiful oil blend – pic via redbookmag.com

2. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Pre Exercise Zinger”

When you need a bit of encouragement to get you going –

Lemongrass     2 drops

Rosemary         2 drops

Orange             4 drops


“After Exercise Soother”

Lemongrass       3 drops

Marjoram           2 drops

Lavender           2 drops


“Eye of the Tiger”

To give yourself some positive vibes for the day ahead –

Lemongrass                   3 drops

Cedarwood Virginiana    2 drops

Rosewood                     3 drops


Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

3. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Energy NOW!”

Lemongrass    1 drop

Basil                1 drop

Geranium         1 drop


“After Work Before a Dinner Date”

Refresh and revitalize –

Lemongrass        1 drop

Petitgrain             1 drop

Nutmeg               1 drop


“It’s Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride”

To help with travel sickness –

Lemongrass        1 drop

Ginger                 1 drop

Peppermint          1 drop


oil burner

A classic oil burner with a candle helps to remove and transmute unwanted energy

4. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil


Lemongrass     8 drops

Peru Balsam     9 drops

Cinnamon         8 drops


“A Night of Intrigue and Love”

Lemongrass        6 drops

Ylang Ylang         6 drops

Mandarin             6 drops

Sandalwood        6 drops


“Sunny Sunday”

The perfect scent for a Sunday afternoon –

Lemongrass          8 drops

Bergamot            10 drops

Cedarwood Atlas   7 drops


Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

copyright suzannerbanks 2013




2 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Lemongrass Essential Oil- Cymbopogon citratus

  1. Hello.
    I am newly researching the use of essential oils to use as personal fragrances. I tried making a ~90 ml batch of body oil using lemongrass, sweet orange, rosemary and vetiver essential oils, with jojoba, apricot kernel and avocado oils as the carrier blend, along with a small amount of vitamin E. I tried this EO combo in a smaller volume and liked it very much. However, my test batch was about 7 drops of EO blend mixed with about 30 drops (1 ml) of carrier–a much higher concentration than you indicate for making a body oil. I tried it on my wrists and loved the scent even after the lemongrass disappeared. So I wanted to try it in a recipe with dilutions appropriate for a regular use body oil. I mixed 8 drops of essential oil blend per 15 ml of carrier, and was so disappointed when I found virtually no scent detectable in my body oil straight from the bottle, and when I applied some to my skin, the apricot kernel oil scent, which is my least favorite of the oils I used, seems to be what I smell most!! All the oils are new and from a reputable US source.
    So what could I do to salvage this? Will adding more of these EOs to the batch I made be too risky for regular skin application? I hate to discard it, but as I mentioned, I’m not fond of the apricot kernel scent which is most prevalent. If this batch is a loss, could I try turning this scent combo into a more concentrated form, like in a solid “perfume” with beeswax and mango butter, or are the recipes I see on many blogs that use close to 50 drops of EOs in a 4 tsp recipe for a solid-form scent just too concentrated to be safe, considering concerns of phototoxicity, sensitization and irritation? Do I just need to stick to a single-oil scent for a body oil, in order to be able to smell the fragrance, or only make much smaller amounts? (I now realize 90 mls was a bit much; I should have gone with no more than half of that).
    Any help you can offer is welcome! Thanks!


    • Hi kaz I’ve read this a couple of times and I love the detail so far. I’m out and about today so will answer you later but what I want to know first is – are your “8 drops of essential oil blend” (in your 15 mls carrier oil) pure essential oils or have you diluted with something or used that first mix which was 7 drops of eo’s in 30 drops of carrier? Hope that question makes sense.

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