How to extract essential oil from lemongrass

Crush half a stalk of lemongrass, chopping if necessary, and place it in the oil. Do not let any water get into the oil or it will ruin the infusion. Don’t wash the lemongrass before you put it in the pot. If it’s still wet from the market, let it dry before placing it in the oil.

Heat the double boiler until the water on the bottom begins to steam. Turn it down to a gentle simmer. Infuse the lemongrass in the oil for at least an hour, but the longer the better. Be sure to check on the water in the bottom pan to make sure it hasn’t all evaporated.

Cool the oil down and strain the herbs through a mesh strainer. Use the oil as a topical ointment or as a soothing massage oil.


  • To sweeten the tincture and help mask some of the vinegar taste, add a teaspoon of honey directly into a vinegar-and-water tincture solution and allow it to steep along with the herbs. Honey will not affect the tincture in any way other than taste.