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Health Benefits of Lemongrass, a herb

Lemongrass is herb that is scientifically known as Cymbopogon and has fever grass, silky heads, and barbed wire grass amongst many others as common names. It requires warm, temperate and tropical environment to grow. It is commercially available in dried form and freshly prepared in nurseries.

Origin: Lemongrass is native to India, the nearby island of Sri Lanka and Philippines and widely used in Asian cuisine because of its subtle citrus flavour which can be dried and powdered or can be used freshly. These sweet-smelling grasses are expansively ploughed in Guatemala, India, The People’s Republic of China, Paraguay, England, Sri Lanka, and other parts of Indo-China region, Africa, Central America and South America.

Looks like: It is an easily recognizable tall leafy evergreen plant having large stripped leaves with jagged edge. It is known for its sweet, herbaceous, smoky and lemony fragrance. The lemon scented herb contains anti-inflammatory and sedative properties and is also used as a natural mosquito repellent. Its digestive behaviour nourishes appetite.

Usage: Lemongrass Tea is often used as tea in African Countries such as Togo and Latin American countries such as Mexico. Extracted Lemongrass Oil is largely used as an essence in perfumes and cosmetics such as soaps and creams as a mask for bad odours. According to a research, it has found out that it has anti-fungal properties.

Lemongrass Recipes: The Scented Grass is also known for its versatile use in the kitchen whether it is being used in beverages, soups, teas, herbal medicines and any other dish. It mixes up well with coconut milk, adds flavour to chicken or seafood and there are uncountable Thai and Sri Lankan cuisines using their mixture. The Interesting point is that lemongrass’s stem is also used in teas, pickles and enhancing aroma of marinades. We can cook variety of dishes using it, let’s say, Lemongrass Skewed Shrimp, Mussels in Lemongrass Broth, Taro infused with lemongrass and ginger and many more.

A Medicine: Apart from being utilized as a scented spice, lemongrass oil also contain many medicinal properties. It is broadly used in many pharmaceutical experiments for its analgesic (pain relieving), anti-depressant, anti-microbial, anti-pyretic, anti septic, astringent, bacterial and carminative properties.
Lemongrass is used as a diuretic agent for fever and as an insect repellent. It is cooked with pepper and the mixture is used for relief of menstrual issues and nausea. Various Ayurvedic Doctors and Herbologists prescribe its oil as an ailment for headaches, toothaches etc. Being enriched with Vitamin C, It improves our digestion and blood circulation system too. It has been proven proficient in coping up with excessive fats, acne, and pimples. And because of its excellent anti septic and deodorising agent, various pedicure creams include it as an ingredient for foot baths and foot talc for smelly, sweaty feet and even for fungal infections of the foot.
The thickening of arteries with low level lipoprotein is called ‘bad cholesterol’ and is very harmful for the body. But the anti oxidant in lemon grass is beneficial for high blood pressure, lowers the cholesterol level, cleanses our body organs like kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder etc. This is the reason that Doctors also recommend their patients to drink tea made with lemongrass and honey everyday for best healthy results.
A component called Citral in Lemongrass can be used in treating Cancer and it has been proved as it can activate cell death program of cancer cells. Overall, Adding lemongrass in your daily diet will not only be healthy but also enhances the taste of the food.

Precautions: Sometimes, it is likely to irritate skin and produce other types of irritations too. So it is advisable to avoid its application during pregnancy period. It is also advisable to make use of fresh lemon grass. Therefore, the best way to make it easily available is to plant it in your own garden and make beneficial use whenever required.

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