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7 Benefits of Lemongrass Essential Oil with DIY Mosquito Repellent Recipe

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In this article, we will explore the benefits of Lemongrass essential oil and learn how to make a natural mosquito repellent. Where do we get lemongrass essential oil? It is steam distilled of the fresh leaves or grass of the plant after they have been partially dried. In its proper pure form, the oil should be yellow to amber in color. There are two types of lemongrass essential oil. The one we are discussing in this article is rhodinol rich or Latin name Cymbopogon citratus ct. rhodinol.

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The scent has a grass-like, lemony aroma, which is rejuvenating and refreshing. The aroma helps support difficult emotional transitions, relieves stress and anxiety, and helps in embracing change and growth. The scent and chemical composition of lemongrass can repel mosquitos, as well as other insects like ants and fleas. The oil is safe for the skin when used in a suitable carrier oil. Adding it to additional effective, repelling essential oils will make an excellent natural bug repellent.


Lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that help the body’s immune system fight infection. Lemongrass contains citral and limonene, which work to inhibit bacterial growth. According to a study conducted at The University of North Hampton, UK, Lemongrass was tested with five other essential oils and showed a remarkable disruption in the growth of Staph aureus, a common bacterial infection. That’s impressive.

Seeing as it is so great at preventing the growth of bacteria, this oil works well when making your deodorant. Well, what does body odor have to do with bacteria, Tess? What do bacteria like? Dark, warm, moist environments. The armpit = perfect breeding ground. Our sweat glands excrete sweat. Add the combination of bacteria and PEW! Check out our post “What Is So Bad About Antiperspirants” for more.


Inhaling or diffusing lemongrass, especially with other oils known to fight viruses and support immune system health, can be an effective way to keep healthy during cold and flu season. Its antibacterial properties, combined with the antiviral actions, make this a go-to during this time of year. In addition, several studies have shown lemongrass as a highly effective essential oil in fighting HPV 1, the virus causing cold sores.

Add Lemongrass to Your Cleaning Routine

Lemongrass is excellent to add to your cleaning supplies due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has beeantifungalget rid of mold effectively. This is perfect for those suffering from respiratory issues caused by it. Not only does it eliminate the mold, but it also assists in relieving bronchospasms, causing respiratory distress. WIN! WIN!

Skin Benefits

Due to its antiseptic magic, lemongrass is an excellent essential oil for skin cleansers. As it cleanses, the oil is also a known astringent, helping to balance oily skin and retain the right amount of moisture needed. It will also reduce inflammation, decreasing redness and irritation to the skin. Speaking of irritation, is your scalp dry and itchy? Lemongrass is effective in treating dry scalp and strengthening your hair follicles.

Relaxant for Muscles

Lemongrass is a well-known muscle relaxer. It works great in massage oils to help soothe tight, sore muscles and improve circulation. If you’re experiencing a headache, massage some lemongrass, diluted in a carrier, into your temples for relief. There is literature suggesting the benefits of lemongrass to relieve restless legs. I have seen great results with this. Suffer from menstrual cramps? Not only will it help ease the pain, but it will also assist in combating any nausea or irritability that might accompany your monthly visitor.

Helps Support Digestion

Because of its ability to eliminate toxins from the body, lemongrass has been used effectively as a digestive detox. This can be done by seeping lemongrass leaves into a tea or adding 2-3 drops of essential oil to a soup or tea. The anti-inflammatory property, combined with its calming, muscle relaxing effect, will also assist in digestive upset and even gastritis. It acts as a diuretic and aids in cleansing not only the digestive tract but the bladder, pancreas, and kidneys.

As you can see, this is a powerful oil with so many benefits. In addition to those discussed above, other attributes include; antifungal properties, making it effectiantifungalreatment of athlete’s foot, packed with antioxidants for immune health support, reduced fevers, and has been shown to lower cholesterol. I hope this encourages you to use lemongrass in daily.

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

Using your small measuring cup, measure distilled water and carefully pour it through a funnel into a 2 oz bottle. If using a syringe, draw up water and then transfer it into your container. Measure aloe vera gel and add to water. Carefully add the essential oils, as described above, and gently shake them before each use to disperse oils. This recipe contains no preservatives. You will need to make a new batch every couple of weeks. Keep in refrigerator for added shelf life. Apply hourly when outside during heavy “bug hours.”

Lastly, here are a few other Essential Oils that repel bugs are:






Spray evenly on the body and clothes. Reapply when needed.