What is Lemongrass and Its Health Benefits
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What is Lemongrass and Its Health Benefits

Lemongrass is a popular herb used for making herbal teas, flavoring foods and creating candles.

Lemongrass is an herb that is used to flavor foods, make teas, create citrus scented essential oils and to help keep pest away in all types of gardens. However, lemongrass should be used more often as a natural herbal remedy to help aid in many common health conditions naturally due to the high amount of medicinal properties it contains in it.

What Is Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a perennial herb native to the Philippines with a long green grass appearance and a lemony citrus scent and flavor to it that is delicious and delicate. Sometimes lemongrass is as called citronella.  The herb is typically cut when fully grown to about 6 feet and than dried out on screen tables or from ceilings where the air moves freely. Once the herb is dried, it is chopped up into loose lemongrass tealeaves to make medicinal healing teas. Sometimes the freshly cut lemongrass is used for making essential oils for scenting candles, or chopped up and used as flavoring for fish dishes and soups. You can find lemongrass growing all over the world in herbal gardens, yards, in the wild and in plant pots indoors near the windows in places such as Africa, India, North America, Australia, England and China. You can even buy dried lemongrass and lemongrass essential oils now from herbal shops and specialty food stores all over the world.

Nutrients in Lemongrass


Lemongrass contains very powerful antioxidants known as beta-carotene. These antioxidants help prevent cancer cells from forming in the body naturally. The essential oils in lemon gross also contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. This potent herb is also a good source of fiber, which is needed by the body to help keep the waste, toxins, chemicals and pollutants moving out of our digestive tract naturally instead of staying in the body and creating illnesses. Lemongrass also contains natural sedative properties in it that can help put the body at ease when it is under stress. Many people use lemongrass because the oils and antioxidants in it at as a natural pain reliever and fever reducer.  Those who suffer from digestive discomforts and nausea can often find relief do to the potent oils in lemongrass that help aid in those conditioners. Lemongrass also contains loads of vitamin C, which is vital for keeping our immune systems and bodies healthy and strong naturally.

Health Benefits of Lemongrass

Those of you who are looking for a natural way to help boost the immune system to help fight of the cold, flu or respiratory infection can do so by sipping on several cups of lemongrass tea throughout the day. If you suffer from indigestion or gastroenteritis, you should be able to prevent and relieve some of the discomforts those conditions cause by sipping on some hot lemongrass tea before enjoying a meal and after if needed. I personally find adding lemongrass raw to my salads helps aid in digestion that way. When you are looking for a natural way to relieve acne and blemishes’ rubbing some essential lemongrass oil onto them is the perfect way too do so. If you are trying to detoxify the body from chemicals, toxins and pollutants, you can do so by drinking lemongrass tea on a daily basis. When you are trying to relieve muscle and body aches, you can do so by adding 25 drops of lemongrass oil to some massage oil such as almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil or grape seed oil. Then you can take the oil and massage it into your body for several minutes, which will help relieve the aches, pains and inflammation in the body naturally.

Precautions When Using Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a safe herb to use in medicinal amounts. However, lemongrass essential oil is unsafe to use for internal purposes because it can cause toxic poisoning. Breathing in lemongrass scented smoke from candles known to keep flying insects away could also be harmful to the lungs. Women pregnant should not use this herbal remedy to treat common health conditions when pregnant because it can cause miscarriages and even possible birth defects. Some allergic reactions are known to happen to people with grass allergies. Otherwise, this herb is a great natural herbal remedy when used properly for treating many common health conditions naturally.

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Comments (2)

great post. Thanks for sharing. I have lemon grass in my small garden and I love using it to flavor food. vote up

Good job on this article. Voted you up.