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Lemongrass grows wild all over Dominica where I live. When I go for my exercise walks in the morning I sometimes pick a few leaves and take home to either use in a lemongrass tea that day or put them to dry for me to use on another day. Lemongrass smells wonderful. I like to take a piece of leaf and squeeze it in my hand and just smell it. I also use lemongrass when I make cooked cereal - either cornmeal, oatmeal or combination of the two.
In doing research as usual, I found out that lemongrass is also known as citronella. What a thing! I never knew that. I also found out that is called Fever Grass here in the Caribbean. I live in the Caribbean and didn't know that either. Shame, shame, shame. I knew that it is used to reduce fever but didn't know that it was actually called Fever Grass. Another discovery I made was that it is also used to flavor food when cooking. Considering how I like to use herbs in cooking it's amazing that using lemongrass to flavor food never occurred to me. It's like when I discovered that Rosemary could be used to make tea.
Moving on. There are many lemongrass benefits:
- relieves insomnia or stress
- insect repellent
- neutralizes excessive barking of dogs
- helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract
- alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis
- helps improve the skin by reducing pimples and can also help in eliminating acne when used as toner
- can be used as a remedy for ague and colds
- can help with stomach aches, gas, bowel spasms, and diarrhea
- acts as a sedative for the central nervous system, can calm nerves and is a general mood enhancer
- can help relieve menstrual problems and nausea
- can promote perspiration and lower fevers or cool the body in high temperatures
- may also help lower cholesterol levels
- it also aides in lactation
- promote proper blood circulation and aids in the clotting of blood in open wounds
- prevent contraction of hair follicles, gums and blood vessels
- help reduce pain from inflammation of muscles, joints, tendons and other parts of the body
- used to treat pain caused by viral infections such as colds and influenza
- used to treat oral maladies found in the gums and teeth
- acts as a muscle and tissue toner and helps reduce cellulite
- it can reduce blood pressure and maintain healthy blood pressure and kidney function
- has been applied in various treatments for symptoms of depression and fatigue
- can be helpful in keeping eyes healthy and as a treatment for keratomycosis, an inflammation of the eye
- protects from microbial infection in stomach, colon, urinary tracts, respiratory tract, wounds
- prevents skin diseases, food poisoning, typhoid, malaria, fever
- removes uric acid and toxic substances from the body which protects from the pain of arthritis
- ideal for flatulence - allows the abdominal region to relax and allows the gas to move down
- may help prevent colon cancer
- stimulates digestion
- when used externally - can help treat athlete's foot (because it has anti-fungal properties), heal cuts and sprains, and relieve arthritic pain.
or if you prefer the plant itself I saw there were plants available as well for $5.78.
If you're not the type that's into planting there is a pack of 6 lemon Grass stalks for about $4.50.
Whichever route you choose make sure you have lemongrass on hand to use. Tell me - have you ever used lemongrass? How did you use it?
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