Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass or fevergrass is a genus of Asian, African and tropical islands. Lemon grass is a tender perennial of the grass family and resembles many of its members in the long, upright blades, but with leaves at the ends, and growing in clumps. Some species are commonly cultivated as culinary and medicinal herbs because of their scent, resembling that of lemons.
Lemongrass is low in calories and has no cholesterol, making it a beneficial flavouring for cooking and teas. 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.
In some 1996 tests, researchers were able to demonstrate the helpful abilities of lemon grass against 12 types of fungi and 22 different strains of bacteria. Another study has shown the herb to have antimutagenic properties, which may reverse certain mutations in some bacteria.
Some laboratory studies have also indicated that lemon grass may positively affect the way the human body processes cholesterol.
It also has galactagogic properties, which promote the formation of milk in the breasts. It is also effective in stimulating the menstrual flow and helps in soothing menstrual cramps and discomfort. It helps in soothing the swelling and is effectual in the conditions of varicosity. Used cautiously, it can prove extremely valuable in providing a range of medicinal relief!
Lemongrass offers a wide array of medicinal benefits and is in extensive demand due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties across Southeast Asia, as well as the African and American continents.
The health benefits of lemongrass include relief from:
Infections and rheumatism
Lemongrass is also effective in curing the condition of water retention or edema.
It also has a cleansing effect on lymphatic congestion and helps to soothe the swelling.
The defensive antioxidant activity of the lemongrass herb protects against antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels, cellular health, nervous system, healthy skin and immune system.
It is also effective in:
Treating type 2 diabetes
It is extensively used in aromatherapy and helps to combat fatigue and anxiety.
Lemongrass is a source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate and vitamin C. It also provides essential minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, zinc and iron, which are required for the healthy functioning of the human body. It offers no harmful cholesterol or fats.
Lemongrass contains antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds such as luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elimicin, catecol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid, all of which help in providing an impressive range of medicinal aids. The main component of lemongrass is lemonal or citral, which has anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities, while also providing a distinct lemony smell.