Lemongrass – Farmacy Friday

Everyone likes grass, particularly when it’s green and lush and makes you feel relaxed by just walking past it or laying down and watching the beautiful sky. Did you know that there are many types of grasses, not just the green lawns we see most of the time and in most places? Besides the grass used to plant four moons in the beauty of our earth, there are other several types of grasses that are helpful for a healthier life. Today we are discussing one such specific grass whose qualities might just surprise you. 

This priceless grass is known as “Lemongrass”. 

Lemongrass is a type of grass with aromatic and medicinal properties, known by the scientific name “Cymbopogon”. The specific species of the lemongrass plant (Cymbopogon Citratus) are cultivated as medicinal herbs and their scent resembles that of lemons. Cymbopogon Citratus is commonly known as West Indian lemongrass or simply lemongrass. This species of the plant is a part of the family Poaceae, which tend to grow about 18 – 36 inches long and are from the tropical plant family originally from Southeast Asia. The leaves have sharp edges that are wide from the bottom and narrow towards the top, and these leaves closely resemble the scent of lemon.

Lemongrass is a nature’s gift enriched with Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Carbohydrates, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A as well as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptics qualities.

Some of the key benefits include,

1. Consuming lemongrass and basil leaf tea are considered beneficial for getting rid of migraines.

2. Lemongrass contains antioxidants that are beneficial in curing colds. To get rid of normal cold and cough, you can use lemongrass as a decoction.

3. It is an herb beneficial in controlling weight by increasing the level of metabolism.

4. Lemongrass can help overcome iron deficiencies.

5. Lemongrass is found to have anti-diabetic properties that are beneficial in controlling diabetes.

6. Lemongrass oil can also be used as a topical insect repellent.

Next time when you are in our garden, walk by this nature’s gifted grass and smell the lemon flavor from their leaves.

-Aditi Patel


Check out an amazing soap made right here in Queen Creek using fragrant lemongrass oil!

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