Lemon Grass is a bold player in our gardens and because of this, also is used to make hydrosols and essential oil We are happy to provide root cuttings for your garden. It is commonly known as Fever Grass and is a popular herb in the Asian countries since ancient times due to its ability to reduce fever.
Lemongrass is a light dry and penetrating herb. It has a bitter pungent and sour taste with a cooling effect in the body. Its post digestive effect is pungent and it has a particular affinity for the respiratory, digestive, and water channels in the body.
Scientifically, it is also known as ‘cymbopogon’ and referred to as citronella sometimes. It is used as a popular culinary herb in Thai and Chinese cuisines and is used to substitute lemon. When used for culinary purposes, lemongrass blends well with ginger, garlic, cilantro and other spices used in flavouring soups. In Asia, powdered lemongrass is used to add flavour to traditionlemongrassal dishes made using meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables, and to spice up pickles and marinades. The roots are wonderful in an authentic Thai Soup.
Ayurveda makes use of this ancient herb in treating weak digestion, poor concentration, poor circulation, varicose veins, fever, intestinal infections, and certain skin conditions. When powdered with black pepper, Lemongrass is used as an excellent Ayurvedic remedy for relieving menstrual cramps, nausea, irregular periods and infectious diseases. Ayurveda also uses lemongrass in dealing with headaches, weak immune system, and depression.
In Asian countries, lemongrass is used to reduce fever and normalize body temperature during hot weather. It is used in tea or in foot-baths for reducing fever and removing excess heat in the body. In Traditional Chinese medicine, lemongrass is used to treat headache, rheumatism, abdominal pain and cold. Brazilian folklore uses the herb as medicine to calm the mind, treat muscular spasm, cramp and fatigue.
Lemongrass is also used in managing lifestyle diseases like high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and also helps in cleansing the vital body organs like kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, by elimination of toxic substances. It is a mild sedative. Try it for your insomnia, or when you are under stress, or even if you need help to calm a nervous or upset stomach. It is good for the digestive system and contains the active ingredient named citral, which helps greatly in the digestion of food. Thus it is useful in treating other gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and bloating. The herb is also said to relieve headaches, lower intermittent fevers and rid the lungs of mucus. Lemongrass also acts as an effective antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial. It supports the immune system, reduces uric acid, cholesterol and excess fats in the body. Helps to improve the skin and has been used effectively for the treatment of acne and pimples. It has been used to treat various disorders of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, shaky limbs, lack of reflexes, vertigo, Parkinson’s disease and so on. Recent studies show that Lemongrass extracts may have cancer-fighting properties. It also works as an analgesic for arthritic aches and pains, headaches and sports injuries.
In Ayuvedic treatments, lemongrass is used to treat the following ailments:
Fever, cough and cold: The raw juice or decoction of the grass is given, as it induces copious perspiration and brings down temperature. It produces a feeling of coolness.
Menstrual disorders: An infusion of the grass, mixed with black pepper, is given during painful and difficult menstruation. Raw juice or decoction of the grass may be taken in such a condition.
Lemongrass essential oil is commonly used in Ayurvedic treatments. Oil is distilled from leaves and used for medicinal purposes.
Flatulence: Lemongrass and its oil are carminative, valuable in relieving flatulence. Three to six drops are given with sugar as an emulsion. The emulsion is prepared by mixing three to six drops of common lemon grass oil with sugar.
Digestive disorders: As lemongrass helps in strengthening functioning of stomach, it is used to treat indigestion. Lemongrass oil helps treat spasmodic affections of bowels, gastric irritability and cholera.
Joint pains: Lemongrass is used locally over rheumatic joints, lumbago and sprains. Lemongrass oil is mixed with twice the quantity of coconut oil and is used as a stimulating ointment for rheumatism, lumbago, neuralgia, and other painful conditions.
Ringworm: A paste of lemongrass leaves made with buttermilkcan be used as local application in treating ringworms.
Skin infections: Lemongrass essential oil is effective against micro-organisms like fungi, bacteria and other microbes. It is more potent than any antibiotic medicine in fighting staph infection. Apply 2 drops of lemongrass oil with 15 to 20 drops of coconut oil on cuts, wounds, acne, burns, sores and other skin infections and wounds heal in no time, due to the antiseptic properties of lemongrass oil.
Improves immunity, strengthens nervous system: Lemongrass essential oil has excellent nutrients and chemical components that benefit the whole system and augment the immune power, which makes the body naturally resistant against diseases. It serves as tonic to human body, strengthening the functioning of digestive system, nervous system, excretory system and respiratory system by stimulating the process of absorbing essential nutrients. Massaging the body with six drops of lemongrass oil and 3ml of olive oil helps in treating nervous disorders like vertigo, sluggishness, convulsions, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and nervousness.
Toxin elimination:As an anti fungal and antibacterial, Lemongrass leaf inhibits bacteria and yeast growth. For this reason, it is useful for gastrointestinal infections, such as gastroenteritis. Lemongrass works as an effective cleanser that detoxifies the liver, pancreas and digestive tract. Furthermore, it also acts as a diuretic and is beneficial for the kidneys and bladder. It reduces excess uric acid, helps promote urination and helps eliminate retained water. And it works as an antimicrobial for infections of these organs. The effect has been found to be useful in weight loss and cleansing the system of fat.
Combats cancer: Lemongrass oil has proven its anticancer activity through various studies, causing loss in tumour cell viability by activating the apoptopic process. Also, studies have shown the presence of a-limonene and geraniol in lemongrass which inhibits cancer cells in intestinal mucous membrane and liver.
Obesity and depression: Excess of kapha dosha causes fluid retention, excess deposits of fat and stagnation of water and other toxic substances in the body. Stress, tension and depression cause metabolic changes and contribute to obesity. Lemongrass essential oil reduces kapha dosha by decreasing appetite and removing excess water and fat deposits in the body by way of urine and sweat.
Lemongrass is an excellent antidepressant oil which helps alleviate stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety and any negative feelings and emotional distress. It helps to drive away negative emotions, insomnia, emotional instability, loneliness, and lack of confidence too!! It also works as insect repellent and serve as a natural air freshener.
Lemongrass has been reported to have a wide variety of therapeutic uses and other health benefits. It has been widely used to alleviate respiratory conditions, including laryngitis and sore throats. And it has earned a reputation for the anti-pyretic property that reduces high fevers.
Lemongrass is widely used as an analgesic and contains a powerful agent that reduces the sensation of pain, and for relieving painful headaches. Its essential oil, myrcene, is the constituent that produces this effect and confirms the longtime Brazilian use of the herb for pain. The herb is also believed to relieve spasms, muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, joint pain, and rheumatism. This herbal remedy has been linked to an increase in the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue such as ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Another related benefit for this tincture is for the improvement in blood circulation.
Lemongrass is considered a bitter and said to help the gastrointestinal tract and ease indigestion, flatulence and stomach discomforts. This grass is rich in a substance called citral, the active ingredient that is also in lemon peel, and this substance is said to relieve digestive disturbances and intestinal irritations. As an effective antifungal and antimicrobial, Lemongrass is believed to dispel bacterial infections and has been used to treat internal parasites. The herb has shown strong antibacterial activity against several human pathogens, and a study in 1988, found increased activity against E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
A 2005 study published in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” revealed that Lemongrass tinctures exhibit significant antioxidant activity and may help neutralize unstable free radicals in the body. Unstable free radicals contribute to chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. According to studies Lemongrass extracts literally promote cancer cells to commit suicide, which indirectly helps in the prevention of the disease. This action occurs because of the presence of a substance called ‘citral’ in Lemongrass leaves. It is also believed to prevent the cancer cells from releasing any harmful substances, so they don’t threaten their surrounding environment.
As a mild sedative, Lemongrass’s myrcene is an effective relaxant that acts as central nervous system depressant and helps people under stress and hypertension. Lemongrass extracts are highly effective for the treatment of insomnia and other sleeping disorders, confirming the Brazilians’ longtime use of the herb for sedation. It relieves the underlying tension and anxiety, which can make it hard for you to fall asleep.
Lemongrass is a tonic and supplement that is believed to be of great benefit to the skin and nails. It is often used by herbalists to help by reducing acne and pimples, and it also helps to maintain balanced skin tone. The herb has also been found to be effective against cellulite, and actually helps tone tissues and muscle.
Externally, the herb is an effective treatment for lice, ringworm, athlete’s foot and scabies, due to its larvicidal properties, and it is also an insect repellent. It has also been found to be quite useful, in an oil or salve, for cold sores, genital or labial herpes.
Drug interactions: Interacts with thyroid hormones.
Ingredients: Lemon Grass, Structured Water, 20% Alcohol.
Non-Alcohol: Lemon Grass, Structured Water, and Vegetable Glycerin.
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue, or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children.