Lemongrass has an intriguing, lemony perfume without the bite that lemons can add to a dish. The taste is refreshing and light, with a hint of ginger. It is great in a number of cuisines and as a tea. Lemongrass has been used for centuries in the Ayurvedic tradition, as well as by herbalists in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The aromatic compounds in Lemongrass are believed to have some sedative effects, and it's been used historically to decrease the secretion of fluids. Lemongrass is used in traditional Brazilian folklore as a soothing agent for pain and to calm in situations of stress, a tradition has has been copied around the world. It has been used historically in the form of tea as a calming and soothing aid for individuals with fever and viral-based illnesses, nausea, indigestion, and anxiety. Lemongrass is an aromatic and cooling herb that is used to increase perspiration and to sooth fevers and help support the body and specifically the lymphatic system.
Lemongrass is considered a bitter and said to help the gastrointestinal tract and ease indigestion, flatulence, and stomach discomforts. This grass is rich in a substance called citral, the active ingredient that is also in lemon peel, and this substance is reported to be soothing to digestive disturbances and intestinal irritations.
Valued for its exotic citrus fragrance, lemongrass is commercially used in soaps and perfumes and as an ingredient in sachets. Lemongrass is a tonic and supplement that is believed to be of great benefit to the skin and nails, and is often used by herbalists to help clear blemishes and maintain balanced skin tone. Studies show that lemongrass has some antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Lemongrass is high in:
Lemongrass also includes the following nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.Pregnancy/Nursing: Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using Lemongrass if pregnant. Although it may be considered fine for use in cooking, there is some evidence that larger amounts can induce menstruation which can be dangerous during pregnancy. There is no evidence of contraindication during nursing, but it is always good to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement while nursing.