Brief Introduction to Lemongrass
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tropical plant that grows wild in India and East Asia.
Unlike me, it loves humid tropical conditions so it grows well here in Louisiana in the warmer months (which is most of the time).
Lemongrass also known as “fevergrass” because of its ability to bring down a fever (febrifuge).
3 Medicinal Uses for Lemongrass
# 1. Antibacterial
You might not normally consider using lemongrass to disinfect a wound, to treat strep throat, or clean your bathroom (unless you are an herbalist of course).
However, lemongrass is effective against a range of nasty microbes like Staphylo-coccusaureus, Bacillussubtilis, and Escherichia coli (E. Coli).
In fact, “In a study conducted at a medical research center in Bhubaneswar, India, researchers compared the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities of 10 different essential oils, and found lemongrass oil to be the most effective (Moriarty, 2005).
Try using lemongrass to cleanse your face, disinfect your house, or drink it as tea to treat a bacterial infection. As an added bonus, it is much tastier than cough syrup.
Want to learn how to clean your skin naturally and economically? Check out this post on how to make your own lemongrass cleansing oil with only two ingredients!
# 2. Antifungal
For any woman who has ever suffered a yeast infection, (which is like 75% of us, by the way), you know how merciless those yeasts can be.
And if you happen to be afflicted by those devious misplaced bread-rising organisms, lemongrass can treat your infection as well.
In order to treat and prevent excessive yeast like candida albicans, drink 3-4 cups of lemongrass tea per day.
If you already have an infection, use that same teabag as a poultice after drinking the yummy tea, on the area affected by yeast or fungus.
# 3. Treat PMS Complaints
I used to have HORRIFIC PMS, so bad that I suppose technically it was PMDD.
As much as I would love to tell you that lemongrass cured it all, it did not.
(Yahweh was the only one that could fix that situation.)
HOWEVER, lemongrass did HELP me and it can help YOU by alleviating some of those pesky PMS symptoms.
Lemongrass contains a chemical called citral which is a mild sedative. I have found lemongrass to be slightly calming as well as grounding.
In addition, lemongrass treats gassiness and is an analgesic, which means it can alleviate period cramps. Additionally, when combined with feverfew herb, lemongrass can relieve headaches associated with hormone changes.
I like to drink lemongrass mixed with gotu kola and peppermint to help me concentrate. In fact, I am drinking a cup right NOW.
The tea blend helps me focus and makes me feel more grounded. You can purchase our version HERE.
Peppermint increases the feeling of satiety after meals and aids in digestion. Peppermint can relieve an upset stomach, itching, and can help prevent sore throat when used early.
Thanks for reading our post, please don’t forget to check out our other lemongrass posts below.
How do you use lemongrass? Have you ever used it in any of the above ways?
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Until next time, much Love, many Blessings, Jesus is Lord.
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Annussek, Greg, et al. “Lemongrass.” The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, edited by Deirdre S. Hiam, 5th ed., vol. 3, Gale, 2020, pp. 1594-1598. Gale Health and Wellness, link.gale.com/apps/doc/CX7947800532/HWRC?u=lln_pasce&sid=bookmark-HWRC&xid=8244bd27. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.
Foster, S., & Johnson, R. L. (2006). Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine (1st ed.). National Geographic Society.
Moriarty C, Pandolfo N. A beauty herbal. (cover story). Natural Health. 2005;35(10):72-77. Accessed October 27, 2021. https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=18682690&site=ehost-live