The Amazing Healing and Medicinal Power of Lemongrass
While lemongrass is known by many as a culinary ingredient, it also features powerful medicinal and healing properties that are amazing. It’s definitely a natural medicinal plant you want to know about.
Lemongrass is commonly used as an ingredient in Asian cuisine, and also as a healing herb in India. It has a subtle citrus flavor (thus the name) and can be used dried or fresh. Common uses include teas & soups. Some other common names for lemongrass include barbed wire grass, citronella grass, and fever grass.
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Lemongrass is a perennial, fragrant grass native to India and tropical Asia with a long history of use in food and as medicine. Both the leaves and essential oils of the plant are used for these purposes. Lemongrass has also been used as a deodorant, a fragrance, and an insect repellant.
Lemongrass is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine, and also in some African and Latin American dishes. The leaves – fresh, dried or powdered – provide a vegetal, lemony flavor and odor.
Lemongrass is traditionally consumed as a tea, which has been used as a sedative, to relieve headaches, stomach upsets and ease the symptoms of the common cold and sore throat. It has both antifungal and antibacterial properties and has been shown to help reduce oral thrush. Oil extracted from the leaves has anti-inflammatory effects, and at least one of its constituents, citral, has antioxidant activity. Lemongrass and its constituents have been shown to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in some cancer cell lines, but this hasn’t been studied in cancer patients.
In an animal study, Brazilian researchers showed that the essential oils from fresh lemongrass leaves may be effective at delaying certain types of seizures. The leaves can also act as a mild astringent and antiseptic for the mouth.
Rubbed on the skin, lemongrass oils are reputed to alleviate stomachache and headache. The oils can also be inhaled to alleviate muscle pain.
Geraniol, limonene and other essential oils in lemongrass have germicidal properties and can help prevent bacterial and yeast growth. Lemongrass oil is also thought to dry out oily skin and add shine to hair.
According to a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Advanced Pharmacology & Research, lemongrass has various pharmacological activities including anti-amoebic, antibacterial, antidiarrheal, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, lemongrass was found to have antimutagenicity, antimycobacterial, antioxidant, hypoglycemic and neurobehaviorial effects, however, all of these effects must be confirmed by further studies.
Lemongrass is not commonly consumed in supplement form. Choose stalks of fresh lemongrass that are firm, with a pale yellow lower stalk and a green upper stalk.
The amounts of lemongrass typically consumed in culinary preparations are probably safe, but there is insufficient research evidence to recommend an appropriate supplement dosage.