Lemon grass or citronella is a tropical grass which is known for its lemon scent and flavor. It is a very valuable herb in Asia for its medicinal and culinary uses. It is used as a scent in perfume, candles and soaps. It is also known for its calming effect which helps to alleviate stress and induce sleep.
According to a study, every 100 grams of boiled lemon grass can produce up to 24 micrograms of beta-carotene, a potent anti-oxidant which is believed to prevent cancer.
By the process of steam distillation, lemongrass oil can be extracted from dried lemongrass.
This essential oil contains substances which are beneficial to your health.
Here are some of the known health benefits of lemongrass:
1. It helps to fight bacteria
Lemongrass is loaded with substances which can be used to fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. It has a potent anti microbial properties which help to protect you from infections in the stomach, urinary tract, colon and respiratory tract.
It also helps to protect you from diseases such as fever, malaria, typhoid fever and certain skin problems.
2. It helps to cleanse the body from toxins
The ability of lemongrass to increase the frequency and quantity of urination helps the body get rid of toxins. Its ability to stimulate urination helps to cleanse major organs like the kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder and digestive tract from harmful toxic substances that enter the body.
Frequent urination also helps to remove uric acid which is the primary cause of arthritis.
3. It helps to promote digestion
Lemongrass is known to promote digestion as well as it helps to relieve gastroenteritis and gas pains. It has the ability to relax your stomach muscles which allows air to move out of your body.
4. It helps to promote circulation
The ability of lemongrass to cleanse the body from toxins, fats, uric acid and excess cholesterol helps to promote blood circulation. It is also known to reduce blood pressure.
5. It helps to alleviate nervous disorders
Lemongrass essential oil is an effective tonic in alleviating a lot of nervous disorders which include nervousness, vertigo, convulsions, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and shaking of the limbs.
6. It helps to reduce inflammation and pain
Lemongrass contains anti inflammatory and analgesic properties and it has the ability to reduce inflammation and the pain that goes with it. It also helps to relieve joint and muscle pain, headache, toothache and other discomforts.