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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Preview of Lemongrass

I am looking forward to this Saturday's free herb walk at The Garden Trug, and I hope to see you there. One of the herbs we will learn about this weekend in lemongrass. Here's a preview...

The botanical name for lemongrass is Cymbopogon citratus.  It is native India, so it is no surprise that it shows up commonly in pan-Asian cooking. Externally applied it can help repel insects and soothe rheumatic pains. It has a particular affinity for toning the connective tissues of the body, particularly with strains, bruises and sports injuries. For connective tissue conditions/rheumatic pains, you can bathe in a lemongrass tea.  

This plant contains silica and highly soluble forms of vitamins A and D. It has a lovely lemon fragrance, and it makes a tasty addition to stir-fries (and coconut ice cream).

It can also be consumed as a tea to help reduce gas and soothe abdominal cramping. This tea is also excellent for fevers to promote sweating and cooling. It also supports the immune system by draining lymphatic congestion and supporting the actions of the spleen and thymus gland.

I have found it to be a beautiful addition to my herb garden. In my personal experience, it's an ornamental and useful grass that grows about 3 feet in height by autumn.

Skenderi, Gazmend. Herbal Vade Mecum. New Jersey: Herbacy Press, 2003.
Wood, Matthew. The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. Berkley: North Atlantic Books, 2008.

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