Lemon grass is low in calories and has no cholesterol, making it a beneficial flavoring for cooking and teas.
The essential oil in this plant called citral is highly fragrant and contains a substance believed to be beneficial in relieving spasm, muscle cramps, headaches, and the symptoms of rheumatism.
It also supplies important B vitamins such as pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, and thiamine, which the body needs to be replenished regularly as any excesses of these vitamins are flushed from the system through the urine.
Lemon grass is traditionally used to help control and normalize heart rate and for high blood pressure.
It has been used to reduce fevers, for poor digestion, stomach aches, gas, bowel spasms, and diarrhea.
Lemon grass oil is highly aromatic and is used for its anti-fungal qualities, making it a choice ingredient for use in natural remedies for skin conditions such as acne.
The antioxidants associated with the herb lemon grass are valued for their disease preventive properties and strengthening the immune system.
Some laboratory studies have indicated that lemon grass may positively affect the way the human body processes cholesterol.
As a tea, this herb has a diuretic effect and acts as a detoxifying treatment for cleansing the liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, and aids in toning the digestive tract. As a bonus, it may reduce excess fats and uric acid from body tissues.
Dosage and Administration
Lemongrass herb can be made into a tea using two grams to one cup of boiling water. This warm tea may be used up to four times a day for adults.
Dry extracts of the herb are used in natural treatments for hyperglycemia, up to 80 mg total daily, along with other supportive herbal remedies for proper blood glucose levels.
As with any medicinal herbs, care should be taken when using lemon grass.
There are no known adverse reactions or counter-indications for lemon grass with other drugs or dietary supplements.
No harmful side effects have been established for long-term use of lemon grass, but moderate initial use is recommended, and it should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
People with kidney or liver diseases should not use lemon grass in any form and people allergic to lemon grass should not use or handle the herb or oil and avoid contact with items or surfaces having had contact with it.
Taste: pungent and bitter – Nature: cool