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Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Name: Cymbopogon citratus

Origin: Egypt, USA

Aroma: Lemony

Flavor: Citrus, Lemon

Our Products: Leaf

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History

 Lemongrass can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman times. Some scholars are even producing research that points to this lemony scented plant as the calamus oil used in the Bible. In the early 17th century records show that lemongrass was being distilled in the Philippines and shipped to other countries for use in perfumes. For many Asian cultures, lemongrass is consumed in many recipes and in India, it is highly cherished as an oil. In Chinese traditional medicine, this plant is noted to warm the Interior and/or expel cold from the body. This is in relation to the Ying and Yang system of inner balance. Besides medicinal qualities, this herb is used in soaps, shampoos, and essential oils to aid in relaxation.



Lemongrass Tea

-  1 Tbsp Lemongrass tea cut
-  1/4 in fresh ginger
-  2 cups filtered water

Bring water to a rolling boil and add in lemongrass, ginger, and chamomile flowers. Take your mixture off the stove and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain into your favorite cup and enjoy! This tonic is especially useful for nausea and women experiencing morning sickness.

Traditional Uses

A popular tonic in East India and Sri Lanka combines lemongrass leaves with other herbs to treat fevers, irregular menstruation, diarrhea, and stomachaches. in Brazil and the Caribbean, this herb is popular in the treatment of nervous and digestive problems. In aromatherapy, the oil produced from lemongrass is used for antibacterial and anti-fungal issues as well as to reduce chronic inflammation for conditions such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease.