Latin name:Cymbopogon citratus
Health Benefits of Lemongrass
Lemongrass is an effective relaxant that acts as a central nervous system depressant, and helps people under stress. It also helps people who suffer from hypertension, and can help to relieve insomnia. Health benefits include:
- Can be used as a mild sedative.
- Acts as a diuretic, and helps promote urination and relieve retained water.
- Is an aromatic and cooling herb that is used to increase perspiration and also helps to relieve fevers.
- Said to help the gastrointestinal tract and ease indigestion, flatulence, and other stomach discomforts. It is also believed to relieve spasms and muscle cramps which are also common in stomach ailments.
- An effective microbial that is believed to dispel bacterial infections, and has been used to treat internal parasites.
- When used externally, it is an effective treatment for lice, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and scabies.
- An excellent insect repellant.
- 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.
- Can help with menstrual cramps and other issues that involve female reproductive health.
Nutritional Benefits of Lemongrass
- Contains Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc.
How to Use Lemongrass
- Is typically used in teas as well as added to foods, since it has such great flavor.
Cautions and Side Effects of Lemongrass
- Do not use if you have an allergy to peppers or chiles that contain capsaicin.
- Safe during pregnancy, while nursing, and safe for children.