Lemongrass is a great culinary flavour with a lemony scent that grows in many tropical climates. It is a common ingredient in many cultures and can give a zesty lemon flavor and aroma to dishes.
In ancient medicine systems like Ayurveda it has been known to be used to
- Detoxify the digestive organs of the body, like pancreas, liver, kidney and bladder.
- Stimulates digestion and blood circulation in the body and hence, keeps gastric and indigestion problems at bay.
- Making scents for soaps, perfumes and candles. The citronella component of lemongrass is also used as mosquito repellant.
- Relieving stress and tension from the body in aromatherapy.
And Modern science again is catching up with these ancient traditions:
- Lemongrass has Anti-carcinogenic properties against certain cancers.
- Lemongrass extracts can exert an anti-inflammatory action and may be involved in the inhibitory effects on cytokine production.
- Recent studies have also indicated that farnesol, a component of lemongrass, can induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in lung carcinoma cells.
- Lemongrass may help to relieve stress and anxiety.