Lemongrass also called fever grass, or Citronella is a plant that is common in Asian, African and South American continents.
It is a staple in households who love herbal teas and infusions. But lemongrass is not just for tea, all the parts of this plant are useful, the leaves and the oil are used to make medicine, and the root can be replanted.
Some people apply the essential oil from lemongrass to the skin for muscle pain and abdominal pain. Below are five things you can do with lemongrass.
Aromatherapy: the plant has been recorded to relax muscles and nerves, so when you’re feeling on edge and you need something to calm you down, you could use the lemongrass.
There are many ways to get your aromatherapy game on: either by using aromatherapy diffusers, or boiling some lemongrass in water and keeping in small bowls around your sleeping space: away from your body. You can also add some drops of lemongrass oil to tissue paper and place them close to places that are airy so they can waft around the room. And if you’re not a fan of liquid processes, just get some leaves and place them in a jar in your room.
Flavour: Lemongrass is not a vegetable to be eaten in itself, which is why the focus is always on the essence: the oil and the infusion of the leaves. The flavour gotten from infusing the leaves in (hot) water can be used in making juices, smoothies, cakes and sauces.
Herbal tea: Lemongrass mixed with lime, pineapple (fruit and peel), watermelon peels, makes for a sweet herbal tea. For something stronger, you can boil it in water alone.
Fragrance: you can add lemongrass essence to your body and hair cream, perfume, bathing soaps and washing soaps, or you can just buy them if you’re not inclined to DIY experiences.
Antioxidants: lemongrass cleans and detoxifies your body. It increases blood flow, purifies your bladder and liver.
How Safe is Lemongrass?
It is generally safe, both as oil and tea, however, some people are allergic and react to lemongrass with rashes, itching, dizziness, nausea. Make sure you check for any of those before proceeding to use the plant.
For pregnant women, medical consultants recommend that you avoid lemongrass, because if it can induce menstruation, it can induce a miscarriage.
Where you can get Lemongrass:
This plant can be found anywhere: from organic shops to flower shops, to mini gardens. It’s easy to grow and few leaves, when planted, can turn to a bushel.
You also do not need to have a big bucket or a lot of space before you grow your plant, you can use a flower pot or a bowl, as long as there’s sunlight, and water, of course!
And before you know it, you have your own readily available supply of lemongrass for tea, for oil, and flavour.