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Lemongrass

Updated on June 10, 2012

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is a perennial tropical grass that looks like the common field grass. Once planted, the grass will come back every year. Lemongrass is a source of food oil, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical applications. Lemongrass is mainly found in tropical Asia in countries such as India, Ceylon, Brazil, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mauritius, New Guinea and countries in Africa and South America.

Lemongrass Essence Oil

Lemon grass is very similar to the common grass. In some countries, lemongrass is used as a thatching material for huts and cottages. The leaves have a rich, aromatic juice which is a rich source of essence oil for many industries. The lemongrass oil is immiscible in water and consists of volatile organic compounds.

Lemongrass

Lemon Grass is a source of food oil, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical applications.
Lemon Grass is a source of food oil, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical applications.

Lemongrass Extensive Uses

Apart from the extensive use in confectionery – meat, puddings, fats, oils, dairy desserts, spirit liquors and non-alcoholic beverages, lemongrass is widely used in soap and detergents to add a characteristic odor to these products. Lemongrass essential oil is therefore used in the soap and detergent industries to give natural fragrance to cream, perfumes and skin lotions. And for the cheap essential oils available, some are given value by addition of little quantities of lemongrass oil and citronella oil.

Add Flavor to Wines and Sauces

Lemongrass grows turf with leaves reaching about 100 cm in length and 1.5 cm in width. To extract the lemongrass essential oil, all you need to do is to subject the lemongrass leaves to steam distillation. The extract from lemon grass is pungent and tastes like ginger. Little quantity of lemongrass extract is all you need to improve, mask and fortify food flavors. Lemongrass extract is also used to add flavor to wines and sauces. Fresh leaves are cut and applied on fish, prawns and other sea foods to improve the taste.

Natural Fragrance

Apart from the extensive use in confectionery – meat, puddings, fats, oils, dairy desserts, spirit liquors and non-alcoholic beverages, lemongrass is widely used in soap and detergents to add a characteristic odor to these products. Lemongrass essential oil is therefore used in the soap and detergent industries to give natural fragrance to cream, perfumes and skin lotions. And for the cheap essential oils available, some are given value by addition of little quantities of lemongrass oil and citronella oil.

Lemongrass Oil: - Treat Colds and Pains

In terms of medicinal value, Chinese herbalists are employing lemongrass oil to treat colds and pains such as fungal infections, stomachache, digestion, spasms, muscle cramps, toothache and rheumatic pain. The herbalist will still go ahead and make some preparation out of lemongrass which is used in washing the hair. They also use it for preservation acting as a pesticide and repellant to household rodents.

Grow Your Own Lemongrass in Your Garden

For those who may be interested in growing their own lemongrass in your garden, a plot the size of 7 metres by 7 metres should be able to produce 400 kg of lemongrass which you can distill to produce 1 liter of lemongrass oil. You can mince lemongrass bulbs and use it in a variety of your home made recipes and in your tea.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I love eating food with lemongrass. I have planted lemongrass in my garden because it´s mosquito repellent. Besides that, it´s essential oil is very good to smell. Thanks for sharing.

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      Indonesia Essential Oils 5 years ago

      Lemongrass is often used in Indonesia cuisine. It is good too for insect repellent. Read it in Indonesia Essential Oils blogspot..

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      What parts of lemongrass do you use to make lemongrass oil?

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      Sun360 6 years ago

      Excellent article which i was readily informed after reading.

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      krishie 6 years ago

      can i extract lemongrass oil at home? like without the use of lad apparatus and such?

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      miguel vidal. 7 years ago

      is it true that lemongrass can be used as an insect repellent? specifically, on fruit flies? please reply. thanks.

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      Mark 7 years ago

      Great infos! How much can 1 liter of lemon grass be sold for

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      Latrelle Ross 7 years ago

      What a great hub! Learned so much more about one of my favorite herbs ~ thanks for sharing :)

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good hub, tell me, what gave you the idea for a hub on lemon grass! - we grow it in our garden, but you have increased my knowledge and interest of it, but how did you think to do it?

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Another wonderful informative Hub. Lemon grass for fungal infections, and digestion. Great news!!

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      ngureco 8 years ago

      Thank you, Stacie.

      Yes, lemongrass extract is used to fortify and to add flavor to wines, spirit liquors and also to no-alcoholic beverages.

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      Stacie L 8 years ago

      Lemon grass in wine? I have never heard of this..Interesting thought:)