PART USED: Lower portion of stalk
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Diuretic, Sedative, Sudorific, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Astringent, Carminative, Galactagogue
SYSTEMS AFFECTED: Digestive, Cardiovascular, Skeletal
POSSIBLE USES: arthritis pain, relief from colds and flu, cleansing programs, controlling cholesterol
Lemongrass is used in Asian countries because of it’s potent lemony flavor and for the long list of nutrients that it contains. Lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.
Along with its culinary uses, Lemongrass has many beneficial medicinal properties. The main constituent of Lemongrass is citral, a compound that is used in the synthesis of vitamin A. Lemongrass is helpful in relieving colitis, indigestion, and gastroenteritis ailments. As a tea, Lemongrass is used to relieve sore throats, laryngitis, and bronchitis.