Lemongrass originates from the tropical areas of South and Southeast Asia and Australia. Because of the great features of the plant, it is mostly used in diets, which is why it is also largely planted all over the world, especially in the USA. This plant has about 50 different species of which only 2 are used. The lemongrass has a long, thin gray-green leaves and bulbase. The essential oil that this plant has is Citral. It gives the plant a tart taste and odor.
Lemongrass tea is made of dried leaves of the plant which can be purchased in pharmacies and stores for healthy food. Besides being refreshing, this tea soothes the tension, has curing effect on the liver and gallbladder, helps with indigestion, stomach pains… Except as a medicinal tea, it is widely used in medicine and cosmetic industry.
It is also used as a spice and food
Lemongrass was primarily used as an excellent seasoning in soups, stews, in meat dishes, fish and seafood. It is excellent with chili and garlic. Also, lemongrass is the base for many popular beverages in Asia.
Lemongrass is used fresh, dried or powdered. As a powdered form it is added to some drinks and teas. In order to be delicious, the lemongrass should have a juicy healthy bulbs and long green leaves. It is cleaned in the same way as onions and it can be used for soups, salads, stews, grill, sauces and even candy. For food the lower thicker part of the stalk lemongrass is used. Most of the plant can be also used – most of the leaves and the tops of the leaves. Add the leaves of lemongrass in fried or cooked vegetables and your dish will get an exotic flavor.
Lemongrass is being used for centuries in Indonesia and Malaysia as a herbal remedy. It is known for its use in the treatment of depressive states, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders…
It has beneficial effects to the general health of the organism and according to some studies it will be effective against tumors. For those who are on chemotherapy, it is recommended to drink about a liter and half of juice of lemongrass those days while they’re on radiation or chemotherapy. The juice is made of hot water and some chopped lemongrass.
In the fight against mosquitoes
If you plant lemongrass in your home, the insects will go away, especially the mosquitoes.
If you want to plant lemongrass, it is enough to stem cuttings in water on a sunny spot. Then, after 7 days when the roots come out, you need to plant it.
Lemongrass in pregnancy and lactation
The essential oil of the lemongrass works anti-inflammatory and mild sedative, lowers down blood pressure. It is applied locally because it has antiseptic and antibacterial activity. It’s great for treating sport injuries, bruises and sprains. The oil is also used to clean oily skin, and in aromatherapy as a relaxing agent. It is also used for skin with enlarged pores and strong layers of cellulite. However, sensitive people need caution because it can cause allergic reactions on the skin and the oil should not be used for children younger than 6 years old, pregnant and nursing mothers.
The lemongrass can be grown in a jar. It loves the sun and soil rich with nitrogen. keep it on temperature between 15 and 29 Celsius degrees and make sure that the soil in the jar is never dry. It is necessary to periodically recharge it with nitrogen fertilizer and water it regularly, but not on bright sunlight so that the leaves don’t get stains.