What is Lemongrass Oil?

Lemongrass oil is a type of essential oil that is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the lemongrass plant (Cymbopogon citratus).

Lemongrass is a perennial plant that is native to tropical regions such as Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.


How do they get the oil out of the plant?

The oil is extracted from the plant through steam distillation, which involves the use of high-pressure steam to extract the essential oils from the plant material.

What does Lemongrass smell like?

Lemongrass oil has a strong, citrusy aroma, and is yellow to brownish-yellow in color.

A lush and vibrant lemongrass bush growing in the wild, one of Mother Nature's gifts to us! A major ingredient in Minus Bite products.
A stack of cut and cleaned Lemongrass stalks.
A darkish yellow essential oil in a flask, it's fresh Lemongrass oil.

Who uses Lemongrass Oil?

Is Lemongrass oil a natural bug repellent?

Yes, Lemongrass oil works as a bug repellent by emitting a scent that is unpleasant to insects, particularly mosquitoes.

How does lemongrass oil repel bugs?

Lemongrass oil contains several chemical compounds, including citronellal, geraniol, and limonene, that are known to repel insects.

The compounds in lemongrass oil interfere with the insect’s ability to detect carbon dioxide, which is one of the main cues that attracts mosquitoes to humans.

Is Lemongrass in Minus Bite Family Bug Spray?

Yes, Lemongrass oil is an active ingredient in our all natural family friendly bug spray as well as other highly effective essential oils.

Benefits of Using Lemongrass Oil on the Skin at the right concentration

Antimicrobial properties: Lemongrass oil has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, which means it can help to kill or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi on the skin. This can be particularly beneficial for people with acne-prone skin or other skin conditions that are caused or exacerbated by bacteria or fungi.

Anti-inflammatory properties: Some studies have suggested that lemongrass oil may have anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help to reduce inflammation and redness on the skin. This can be helpful for people with sensitive or irritated skin.

Antioxidant properties: Lemongrass oil contains antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress and damage to cells, which can contribute to premature aging of the skin.

Astringent properties: Lemongrass oil has astringent properties, which means it can help to tighten and tone the skin. This can be helpful for people with oily or acne-prone skin, as it can help to reduce the appearance of pores and control excess oil production.

Relaxation and stress relief: Lemongrass oil has a fresh, citrusy scent that is known to have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body. Using lemongrass oil in a skincare product can provide a soothing and uplifting sensory experience that can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Lemongrass Oil has a long history of use!

Lemongrass has a long and varied history, and it continues to be valued for its unique flavor, aroma, and potential health benefits.

A full cup of fresh lemongrass tea with some fresh lemongrass plant stalks next to it. Drink up!


Reading Material on Lemongrass

Insect repellents mediate species-specific olfactory behaviours in mosquitoes"

A chart showing how effective lemongrass is against 3 types of mosquitoes.

15 Minute Read  Published 30 March 2020

"The repellency of lemongrass oil against stable flies, tested using video tracking"

A picture for the National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information. It's the picture for the article

5 Minute Read  Published 30 March 2020


Essential Oil Safety (2nd Edition) by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

“Lemongrass: A Review on its Medicinal Potential” by M. Akhtar et al. in Medicines, 2019

“Insecticidal activity of essential oils: octopaminergic sites of action” by R. N. Vassão et al. in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 2017

“Antimicrobial activity of essential oils and other plant extracts” by P. J. Agaie et al. in Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 2018

“Anti-inflammatory activity of essential oils and their constituents: A review” by A. Boakye-Gyasi et al. in Phytotherapy Research, 2020

“Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil demonstrated anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory potential in a Drosophila model of Parkinson’s disease” by N. Harischandra et al. in PLoS One, 2019

“Lemongrass essential oil as a potential treatment of anxiety and depression” by S. S. Ali et al. in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015