Cymbopogon, also known as lemon grass, is a perennial grass in the family Poaceae grown for its fragrant leaves and stalks which are used as a flavoring. Its long leaves are similar to those of seagrasses. The grass grows in dense clumps and has stiff stems. They have slender blade-like leaves which droop towards the tips.
Lemon Grass Benefits:
Lemongrass inhibits the growth of some bacteria and yeast. It also contains substances that are helpful to relieve
pain and swelling
- Reduce Fever
- Improves the level of sugar in the blood
- Stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow
- Have antioxidant properties
- Its leaves and oil are used to make medicine for their healing properties
- Reduces cholesterol level
- It contains antioxidants which are helpful to control cholesterol level
- Lemongrass also helps in improving digestion.
Lemon Grass for Weight Loss:
It is used as a detox tea to kick-start your metabolism and aids you to lose weight. Even so, most research on lemongrass and weight loss is not scientific. Although lemongrass is a natural diuretic, you can drop some pounds by drinking enough of it.
It can be made into a tea. There is not enough research on lemongrass tea, so before its use you should consult from your doctor or a qualified natural health practitioner. In start you have to use it in a low quantity to limit your risk of side effects. If you tolerate this well then you can use it more.
Recipe for making Lemongrass Tea
1 teaspoon grated ginger
¼ cup of a cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon sliced lemongrass
1 teaspoon honey
Place ingredients in a tea cup and pour hot water (not boiling) and let steep for 1 minute.
Lemongrass Essential Oil:
The essential oil of lemon grass can be used as aromatherapy for muscle pain by inhalation. It’s oil is used in many remedies for digestive and respiratory properties.
Lemongrass Benefits for Skin:
It is packed with vitamin A and C, it keeps your skin and hair glossy. It also has contracting properties which helps to minimise your pores, and keep your oil levels balanced – cutting back on those pesky pimples. Lemongrass toners and serums make the leap to natural beauty products.
If you have sensitive skin then you might want to skip it and should use it by your doctor prescription. So as with any new addition to your skincare routine you should patch test before committing, bcz not everybody reacts well to concentrated essential oils. Pranee Laurillard, advised using it as part of a cleansing facial steam that you should do once a week and shared the method below:
Take 40g of fresh finely chopped lemongrass and add it to 1 pot of boiling water.
Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes to infuse and then Strain it.
Inhale the steam for about 1 minute
Let your skin absorb it.
You will have a lovely sauna effect after repeating it a couple of times.
How to use Lemongrass:
- In beverages and food lemongrass is used for flavoring such as its leaves are used as lemon flavoring in herbal teas.
- It can also be used as a pesticide and preservative as well.
- Research shows that it has antifungal properties as well.
- In manufacturing, lemongrass is used to add fragrance in soaps and cosmetics
- Lemongrass has widespread utility for pharmaceutical medicinal purposes.
- Dry lemongrass leaves are used in herbal tea, lemon tea and various other types and varieties of herbal tea.
It leaves when made into a paste has antifungal qualities and therefore, is helpful
- In treating ringworm.