Before being a medicinal plant, lemongrass is first and foremost an aromatic plant. It is recognizable by its long green and fragrant stems. It is found almost everywhere in everyday life, from the kitchen to the bathroom. To differentiate from lemon, lemongrass is a perennial plant, native to the south of India and the plains of Sri Lanka. It grows easily in a tropical environment and is found in the West Indies and all over Africa, especially in Madagascar.
Belonging to the large family of grasses, it has a stem and leaves that can reach one to two meters. The stem is bulbous and stays underground. As for the leaf, it is green and grows tightly against each other, forming a linear ornament. Its scientific name is Cymbopogon citratus. The lemongrass is composed of approximately 60 to 80% citrals. It is also composed of several minerals and vitamins (B1, B5, B6). In addition, its main assets are folic acid and myrcene.
What are the main uses of lemongrass?
Lemongrass is best known for its soothing effects. In tea or infusion, it considerably reduces fatigue and helps to fall asleep quickly. It also has antispasmodic and toning properties. Lemongrass activates digestion and contributes effectively to the stomach ache treatment. It also has anti-stress effects and helps reduce anxiety attacks.
Lemongrass actively participates in digestion and reduces cramps and flatulence. In decoction, it has bactericidal and antifungal properties. It reduces fever and helps improve the health of people with influenza. It acts on the nervous system, the skin and the mind.
Taken internally, it reduces muscle spasms and is a excellent painkiller. It has sedative and dental properties. In external use, it acts on people with rheumatism and joint pain. Lemongrass is highly valued for its ability to repel insects. Especially mosquitoes.
How to dose lemongrass?
Boil 15 g of fresh leaves in a liter of water. Take two to three cups of this solution after each meal. It promotes sleep and digestion
The fresh lemongrass is excellent to put in a bath. Take a few fresh leaves, to use in friction. This concentrate is ideal for the body or simply for a foot bath.
Take two to three handfuls of leaves of lemongrass accompanied by rhizome leaves. Macerate for about 7 days in 1L of fresh rum. Filter everything to obtain an anti-mosquito net lotion.
Know the contraindications and adverse effects
Lemongrass is not recommended for young children and pregnant women. It can cause allergies.