Analgesic, Antibacterial, Aromatic, Astringent, Balance, Calm, Depurative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Galactagogue, Insect Repellents, Mood, Nervine, Skin Tonic, Warm
Aromatherapy, Cellulite, Culinary/Kitchen, Herbal Teas, Insect Repellent
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a perennial grass that grows in clumps and produces long, slender stems. As a native and cultivated crop of northern India, lemongrass is a popular culinary herb in Asian cuisine and is used to add a lemony flavor to soups, stews, curries and vegetable and rice dishes. Lemongrass has many other uses, however, not the least of which is to make an excellent tea. The herb is also used in perfumery and to make various cosmetics, including soaps, lotions, and creams. Lemongrass is also blended with resins and other herbs for use as incense and is added to potpourri mixtures. Due to the presence of certain volatile oils in the leaf, lemongrass is also used as a natural insect repellent.
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