What is it?
Lemongrass oil is an essential oil and fragrance used in a variety of products such as personal care products, flavorings,
How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with lemongrass oil is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing lemongrass oil should result in improvement and/or the resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer, or contact the manufacturer directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as lemongrass oil can be difficult since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetics and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance. Cold-pressed lemongrass is phototoxic but steam-distilled lemongrass is not.
Although it is rare, since some fragrances are also flavors, foods containing lemongrass oil can cause flare-ups of dermatitis in
fragrance-sensitive individuals. If your healthcare provider has diagnosed you with oral or lip allergies, it would be best to avoid
foods with lemongrass oil.
• Perfumes/Colognes/After-shaves/Toilet water
• Essential oils
• Skin Care Products/Cosmetics
Hair care products
• Topical medications (prescription and over the counter)
• Creams, ointments, solutions
• Foot and other powders
• Nasal decongestants
• Traditional Chinese medications
• Wound dressings
• Household products
Cleaning Products/Soaps/Detergents (A preferred household cleaner for fragrance-allergic individuals is dilute white vinegar.)
Laundry care (detergent, softeners)
• Oral Care Products as a flavoring
Throat tablets and lozenges
• Insect repellents
Other names for lemongrass oil:
• Indian oil of verbena
• Cymbopogon schoenanthus oil
• Cymbopogon citratus oil
• Cymbopogon flexuosus oil
• Oil of lemon grass
• Barbed wire grass
• Silky heads
• Oily heads
• Fever grass
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• Other fragrances