Lemongrass herb contains aromatic compounds that have a sedative effect, decrease the secretion of fluids and are antiseptic. It has been used to treat colds, flu, nausea, indigestion, and anxiety.
Lemongrass has an intriguing, lemony perfume without the bite that lemons can add to a dish. The taste is refreshing and light, with a hint of ginger. It is great in a number of cuisines and as a tea.
Lemongrass has been used for centuries in Indonesia and Malaysia by herbalists and in Ayurvedic herbalism. It is used in teas to combat depression and bad moods, fight fever and as well as nervous and digestive disorders. Studies show that lemon grass has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The oil is used to cleanse oily skin, and in aromatherapy it is used as a relaxant. Valued for its exotic citrus fragrance, it is commercially used in soaps, perfumes and as an ingredient in sachets.
Lemongrass is used in traditional Brazilian medicine as an analgesic and sedative, a use that is copied around the world. Lemongrass also includes nutritious calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.
Lemongrass is widely used as an analgesic, an agent that reduces the sensation of pain, and has been effective in 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 and rheumatism.
As a mild sedative, Lemongrass's myrcene is an effective relaxant that acts as a central nervous system depressant and helps people under stress and hypertension. It is also used to relieve insomnia, again confirming the Brazilians' longtime use of the herb for sedation.
Lemongrass is an aromatic and cooling herb that is used to increase perspiration and relieve fevers and help treat minor, feverish illnesses. Furthermore, it also acts as a diuretic and helps promote urination and relieves retained water.
Lemongrass is considered a bitte 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. Used externally, the herb is an effective treatment for lice, ringworm, athlete's foot and scabies, and is also an insect repellent.
Lemongrass is used to treat colds, sore throats, and flu (especially with headaches and fevers) and is reputed to reduce and slow the discharge of mucus in respiratory conditions, due in part to its astringent properties.
Lemongrass is a tonic and supplement that is believed to be of great benefit to the skin and nails and is often used by herbalists to help clear blemishes and maintain balanced skin tone.
Lemongrass may possess anti-mutagenic properties. Recent studies have demonstrated that myrcene has been found to reduce toxic and mutagenic effects.
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June 3, 2008 at 12:09 pm
I noticed my lemongrass did not have much of a smell until steeped for tea. then its aroma and taste is wonderful! makes a good cold, lemony tea for hot summer evenings after working outside or to relax after dinner!
November 1, 2009 at 8:48 am
I am using Lemongrass to make a Children's Activator combination much like the Children's Composition Formula, which I also use. Equal parts Chamomile, Catnip, Lemonbalm, and Lemongrass in a 1/2 glycerite and 1/2 alcohol tincture. It will be a good calming formula as well as lower fevers and help "activate" the body during the acute phase of colds and flus, and help upset tummies too.