You will recognize lemongrass as a plant with thin and long leaves. It’s native to India and other parts of the Asian continent. Asians have been using it to add flavor to their dishes, and they really like its citrus-like flavor. It can be used raw, dried or powdered.
Lemongrass got its name from its distinctive lemony flavor and smell.
You can also find it as andropogon citratus, barbed wire grass, British Indian lemongrass, Ceylon citronella grass, citronella, citronella grass, citronnelle de Java, East Indian lemongrass, Guatemala lemongrass, hierba Luisa, Hierba de Limón, Indian Melissa, Indian Verbena, Madagascar Lemongrass, silky heads, tanglad, te-de-limon, Verveine Indienne and West Indian lemongrass.
In the Caribbean it’s called fever grass due to its ability to treat fever.
You can find it in health food store, online or in your favorite supermarket. Lemongrass offers strong antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and therapeutic effect. You can use it to treat numerous ailments.
Dried lemongrass leaves can be used to make tea. Lemongrass essential oil is also a popular remedy.
24 benefits of lemongrass
1. Respiratory tract
Volatile oils in lemongrass have a beneficial effect on your respiratory tract. You can use it to relieve laryngitis, sore throat and other similar issues.
2. Antipyretic effect
Inhale lemongrass vapors to improve perspiration and lower heat. This relieves common symptoms of flu, cold, and hay fever.
Lemongrass essential oil has analgesic effect. It can be used in the treatment of muscle spasms. This oil relaxes muscles, and relieves abdominal pain, headache, joint pain, digestive tract spasms and muscle cramps.
4. Blood pressure
Potassium promotes diuresis, lowering blood pressure and improving blood circulation. Lemongrass is really beneficial for the treatment of hypertension.
5. Tissue repair
Lemongrass oil improves your body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue. It improves blood circulation, and is really beneficial in repairing trauma to cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
6. Antiseptic effect
Lemongrass blocks the growth of bacteria, yeast, fungi, parasites and other microorganisms. It aids in the treatment of gastrointestinal infections, UTIs and wounds while leaving good bacteria intact.
Use lemongrass to flush out toxins and uric acid. It optimizes the function of your digestive tract, liver, pancreas, kidneys and bladder.
Lemongrass optimizes the function of your intestines and destroys bad bacteria and parasites. It increases the number of friendly bacteria.
This plant can help you treat indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps.
Drink lemongrass tea to treat anxiety and depression. It will soothe your stressed nerves.
10. Anticancer effect
Citral is a compound in lemongrass, and it induces cancer cell death without affecting healthy cells.
Lemongrass will boost the effect of your detox diet. It cleanses liver, kidneys, bladder, and pancreas while stimulating blood circulation.
12. Nervous system
Folate, phosphorus and magnesium fortify your nervous system, and improve your concentration and memory. Your brain will be able to process information easily.
Lemongrass juice has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect. Use it to relieve toothache, muscle pain, joint pain, arthritis, gout and inflammation of your urinary tract.
14. Women’s health
Women should drink lemongrass tea to relieve morning sickness, hot flushes and menstrual pain.
15. Insect repellent
Citronella oil is extracted from lemongrass leaves and stems. It’s one of the greatest organic insect repellent. This oil is often added to cosmetic products and flavoring formulations.
Iron in lemongrass improves the synthesis of hemoglobin. It’s the protein in erythrocytes (red blood cells) that carries oxygen throughout the body.
Thanks to its purifying and cleansing effect, lemongrass tea detoxifies your pancreas and optimizes its function. It lowers blood sugar in diabetics.
Drink warm lemongrass tea regularly to treat gastritis, acid indigestion and heartburn and prevent their recurrence.
Researchers have found that lemongrass limits the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines and blocks the oxidation of (bad) LDL cholesterol in blood. This is important in preventing the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.
Lemongrass cleanses and nourishes your body. It’s great for your nervous system, and also prevents chemical imbalances commonly linked to insomnia.
21. Weight loss
Lemongrass tea melts fat and eliminates toxic waste. This is important in every natural weight loss diet.
22. Skin care
Vitamin A purifies blood and clears up oily skin. It’s effective in the treatment of acne, pimples, eczema and psoriasis.
23. Body odors
Use lemongrass to regulate your sweating and eliminate bad odors.
This plant is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has traces of B vitamins.
Don’t use lemongrass in the following cases:
- Avoid it if you are allergic to lemongrass to prevent and avoid allergic reactions.
- If not diluted, lemongrass oil irritates skin and has a burning effect.
- Be careful if you take diabetes medication or deal with hypoglycemia because lemongrass lowers blood sugar. Don’t use it if you use medication, herbs and supplements that lower your blood sugar.
- Consult your doctor before using lemongrass, especially if you are diagnosed with a liver condition. Lemongrass increases liver function tests (bilirubin). The same applies to pancreatic tests (amylase).
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid lemongrass (beta-myrcene) because it may decrease birth weight, increase perinatal mortality or delay development (if used excessively)
How to make the tea?
First, cut the stalks into 1-inch pieces. Boil some water, and add in the chunks. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. That’s pretty much everything you should do.
Start off with one cup of lemongrass tea every day, and increase the number of cups in the next few days.