How to make lemongrass oil

Lemongrass
by Cybele
Lemongrass is one of my all time favourite fragrances. It has a kind of perky citrus scent that always seems to put a zing in my step. I use lemongrass, and it’s friends lavender and lemon, in soaps, diffusers and in my homemade cleaning products for Love the Home You Have.

Things you’ll need to make lemongrass

How to make lemongrass oil
4 lemongrass stalks
Mortar and pestle or something heavy to bash the lemongrass with
Muslin or cheesecloth
Jar
1 cup oil.
This is my carrier oil rant, apologies if you’ve heard it before. It’s just that there are lots of options. However, I prefer using grape seed oil or rice bran oil, as both are great for the skin, have a good shelf life, little fragrance of their own and easy because they’re available at my supermarket. I would love to use Sweet Almond oil, but I find it too expensive for this kind of thing, especially if I’m using the oils for cleaning products. Olive oil is another good option, as it is good for the skin, however its shelf life isn’t as good and it can have a strong fragrance of its own, so you will need more lemongrass.

Instructions for making lemongrass

Trim off the lemongrass leaves, as you will only need the white stalk of the plant. Clean and roughly chop two stalks of lemongrass into 1-inch pieces. Bash the lemongrass in a mortar and pestle or hit it with a heavy pan several times. This will release the grass’s essential oils.
Bash the lemongrass
Pour the oil into the jar and add the lemongrass. Screw the lid on and shake. Pop the jar in a warm spot for 48 hours, like a windowsill.
Lemongrass
Strain the contents of the jar through a piece of cheesecloth, into a second jar. Squeeze the cheesecloth to release as much of the infused oil into the new jar. Put the next batch of lemongrass sticks in and return to the warm spot. Repeat this until you’re happy with the fragrance. Strain, pour into dark glass, label with a 12 month used by date and store in a cool, dark place.
 *Caution: The jury seems to be out on whether it is a good idea to play around with lemongrass essential oil while pregnant, so check with your doctor first.
While we have our sensible shoes on, I always check my skin is happy with any new product or ingredient it by dabbing a little on the inside of my arm before using.
What is your favourite fragrance?
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Cybele Masterman (Bele) is a chronic DIYer, lover of beautiful things, journalist, cook, crazy dog lady, adventurer, secondhand bookshop addict, community builder, mother of two bouncing boys and wife. Follow me on google: +CybeleMasterman twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: Auntieblahblah

6 Comments on "How to make lemongrass oil"

  1. Jomar Adams 12/11/2013 at 1:27 am · Reply

    Good Day!! I just want to something, because we are planning to use lemongrass in our research. Are the procedure stated above preserves the antibacterial/antimicrobial/antifungal properties of the lemongrass or is it just done to have aroma of the plant?? Thank you in advance. GOD BLESS!

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      Blah Blah Magazine 12/11/2013 at 9:56 am · Reply

      Hello, because the oil is infused at a low temperature a lot of the properties of lemongrass should be preserved. However, this is infusion method is not as pure as using lemongrass essential oil, but unfortunately that is hard to do at home. Good luck with your research and I hope this helps.

  2. Destri 27/12/2013 at 1:16 pm · Reply

    Hello, is this lemongrass oil can be use as aromatherapy, say, home fragrance for example? I wonder if the scent could pour out with the use of oil burner? Thanks

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      Blah Blah Magazine 28/12/2013 at 6:16 pm · Reply

      Yes it can be used for home fragrance, however I tend to make it as potent as possible (by adding more lemongrass 8-10 stalks) and not use this more potent infusion on any skin or similar products. I hope this helps x

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