The long, thin leaves known as lemongrass is native to India, Sri Lanka and South-East Asia. As its name suggests, this herb has a lemony scent but is comparatively milder, sweeter and far less sour.
While it finds its way into various cuisines across the world, lemongrass is most commonly used in Chinese and Thai recipes. The herb is loaded with various medicinal properties. Here are five of its amazing health benefits.
Lemongrass is loaded with vitamin A, which makes it a good treatment for skin problems. The antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties of this herb are useful in treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis as well as internal and external wounds.
Mix a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like coconut and apply it directly to the affected area daily.
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass relieve muscle and joint pain, toothache, and headache. Lemongrass can also cure abdominal pain, digestive spasms and indigestion.
It improves the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue. Massage a few drops of the oil on the affected area for instant relief.
3Cold & Flu
Lemongrass is an anti-pyretic and thus has the ability to bring down high fevers. The antibacterial properties of the oil mark its usefulness in the treatment of various infections of the upper respiratory tract and lungs.
The analgesic effects help deal with flu symptoms such as headaches, body pain and cough. Massage a few drops of lemongrass oil on your forehead for relief.
It also reduces the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine and improves the function of the pancreas.
Citral, the active component of lemongrass, has a calming effect, which makes it a natural remedy for anxiety and depression.
The zesty, citrus scent also induces sleep, relieves stress and tension and can help treat insomnia.
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Updated July 23, 2018