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Top 20 reasons why you should use Lemongrass - the advantages of Lemongrass

Updated on November 29, 2016

About lemongrass

Lemongrass is a very popular plant that can be used for medical and therapeutic purposes. It is indigenous in Asia, where it is commonly used in the cuisine as well. It has a citrus-like flavour when added to meals, but it is usually used for making tea from its leaves. It is good to know though, that even if there are more than 50 varieties of lemongrass on the world, only a few of these are suitable for consumption and/or medical use.

The main chemical components in lemongrass are: citral/citronella oil (50%) and geraniol (45%), plus some flavonoids and triterpenes. Citral is the responsible component for the lemon-like scent and flavour, and this chemical is responsible for most of the advantages that this plant can offer.

Lemongrass and chilli - both with amazing benefits!
Lemongrass and chilli - both with amazing benefits! | Source

Advantages of lemongrass

1. Anti-inflammatory and anti-septic – lemongrass has a positive effect on infections (like a urinary tract infection).

2. Antifungal properties – it fights micro-organisms while detoxifying and purifying the blood, the kidneys, the liver, the bladder and the pancreas as well.

3. Helps in weight loss – due to its detoxifying properties, lemongrass also helps cleansing the waste and toxic substances out of the body, therefore it is also useful for quicker weight loss.

4. Anti-microbial - helps to cure constipation, diarrhoea and intestinal bloating.

5. Heartburn – it helps to ease heartburn and indigestion if you drink 1dl of lemongrass tea before taking a nap.

6. High in potassium - improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure, meanwhile fighting high cholesterol as well.

7. Fights diabetes - improves the functions of the pancreas, therefore it is able to lower blood sugar levels.

8. Sore throat - cures sore throat and laryngitis, while also helping with some respiratory problems (inhaling the vapour).

9. Reduces high fever – thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, lemongrass helps fighting fever as well.

10. Spasms - lemongrass helps easing muscle spasms and joint problems.

Lemongrass growing in India
Lemongrass growing in India | Source

11. Effective pain relief – apart from the upper qualities, this plant helps to fight headaches, abdominal pain, vomiting, etc.

12. Antidepressant properties – lemongrass is beneficial for nervous-system and stress-related problems, also helps with insomnia.

13. Rich in Vitamin A – helps with pimples and acne, fights oily skin and also lessens skin infections.

14. Helps anaemia – as it is rich in iron, it helps in the synthesis of haemoglobin and helps fight iron-deficiency.

15. Lots of nutrients - apart from the upper mentioned, important nutrients, it also contains Vitamin B and C, magnesium, copper, calcium and phosphorus.

Fresh lemongrass on Amazon

16. Body odour – lemongrass is able to help to control body odour.

17. Fights cancer - some researches even showed that it might help fight cancer, as citral contributes to the death of cancer cells, while it does not affect normal, healthy cells.

18. Great for menopause - helps to reduce the symptoms of menopause for women by regulating hot flashes and mood changes.

19. Helps with addictions - lemongrass is even able to help to ease the withdrawal symptoms of drug and alcohol addicts.

20. Pheromonal qualities - lemongrass is a great insect repellent.

Dry  and cut lemongrass leaves
Dry and cut lemongrass leaves | Source

A little downside

Although lemongrass is a very important plant with tons of benefits it is also necessary for me to mention that it has to be consumed in moderation only and it is the best to consult with your doctor before starting to use it for the first time.

Additionally, it is not advised to use lemongrass during pregnancy, as inhaling its vapour might have an effect on the menstrual cycle as well and it might trigger its flow, so it might also cause miscarriage. Also, very little is known about lemongrass’ effects on children and breastfeeding women, so it is not advised to use this plant at that time either.

Dry lemongrass leaves on Amazon

How to use it?

  • You can make use of lemongrass by buying dry leaves at a store (ethnic stores, health food stores or online merchants offer this product, as well as some supermarkets on their seasonings aisle), and boil 10g of the leaves in 3 dl of water for 10 minutes. Then strain it, add some sugar and drink 1dl every hour.
  • Buy fresh, raw lemongrass and cook delicious meals with it - great recipes available here.
  • Also, you can buy lemongrass oil and flavour any food with it, or boil some water and use the oil to create a lemon-scented vapour.
  • Put 2 drops of lemongrass oil into your bath for an aromatherapy heaven. This bath will help you relax and unwind.

A salad that includes lemongrass - one of the many amazing dishes available!
A salad that includes lemongrass - one of the many amazing dishes available! | Source
Not-too-healthy leaves
Not-too-healthy leaves | Source

Selecting and storing lemongrass

If you can, select dry lemongrass leaves carefully before buying them. Try to look out for discoloured (yellowish) and spotted leaves, as these might do more harm than good.

Once bought and opened, make sure you pack the dry leaves in an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dark and dry place, as moist environment will cause the leaves to rot. Otherwise, if you can store it properly, it will keep fresh for several months.

If you have any leftovers from the fresh, raw lemongrass after cooking, make sure you pack it well, as the herb tends to spread its flavour to other foods quickly.

That's all for now!

I hope you have found my article useful about the lemongrass. It is indeed an amazing and versatile plant with its many advantages.

I have to admit that in my life I have eaten some dishes that contained lemongrass, but never dared to use it on my own to make anything yet. So in case you have any recipes that you love and it is made with lemongrass, please don't hesitate to share it with us!

Thank you, and happy cooking! Enjoy!

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© Copyright 2014, Zsofia Koszegi-Nagy (zsobig)

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    • Hendrika profile image


      4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      One can be very stupid sometimes. I have a lot of dry lemongrass leaves laying around here in a bag and I never thought to make tea with it. I have it because I used to use it in some chocolate truffles I made. Anyone interested can just add a little lemongrass to your cream let it stand for a while, drain the cream and make your truffles.

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      Larry Rankin 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've been hearing lots of good things about lemongrass lately. Will have to give it a try.

      Great hub!

    • zsobig profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks a lot, Writer Fox! :)

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Lemongrass is a beautiful and fragrant addition to a patio garden. I really enjoyed reading about all of the benefits. Enjoyed and voted up!

    • zsobig profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for comment, voice of pen!

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      oloyede oyebola 

      5 years ago from lagos nigeria

      thanks for the information, very educating i must say


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