Lemongrass

(cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass is a fast growing, tall perennial grass which is native to Asia. There are 2 types, East and West Indian, both being widely used in cooking, aromatherapy and medicinally. The blades of the grass are used for all purposes.

What it does

Lemongrass contains a volatile oil which is made up of many compounds including citral. It is analgesic, anti-microbial, reduces fever, deodorant, insecticide, sedative, carminative and stimulates the flow of breast milk.

Potential Uses

Anxiety Stress Athletes foot (topically)
Dandruff (added to shampoo) Depression Excessive perspiration
Fever Headaches Muscle pain

Other information

Lemongrass can be made into a tea for internal use. It is used as an aromatherapy oil for topical application and is an excellent skin tonic. The aromathapy oil should not be applied undiluted to the skin.

Cautions

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Lemongrass.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Lemongrass.

 

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