Dan about Thailand loves great content from across Thailand from fellow Expats and is delighted to share this post from MeanderingTales.Com. The author, Kim Waddoup, has over 40 years in the travel industry and is now happily living in Thailand.

Lemongrass  Scientific Name: Cymbopogon Citrus (ตะไคร้ Takhịr̂)

Lemongrass is an amazing herb related to the grass family Poaceae. It possesses a distinctive lemon flavour coupled with a citrusy aroma. A stall, perennial grass that is native to Thailand and also grown in India, Indonesia and other tropical regions in Asia. It is a reedy, tufted plant that grows freely in thick bunches with a strong, bulbous base and reed like, pointed leaves that can grow to 1 meter in height.

Lemongrass has extensive culinary use, especially in Thai, Indian and Indonesian cuisine and a wide range of medicinal benefits due to it’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.

Lemongrass is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds including luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elemicin, catechol, chlorogenic and caffeic acid providing a range of medicinal properties. The list of health benefits from Lemongrass is extensive:-

Lowers Cholesterol – anti-hyperlipidemic/hypercholesterolimec properties

Detoxifies – cleanses and flushes toxic wastes

Anticancer potential – showing promising outcomes

Antibiotic Properties against Staphylococcus aureus

Stomach Disorders – anti-microbial & anti-bacterial properties

Treats Insomnia – calms and induces sleep

Prevents Anaemia – helps maintain haemoglobin levels

Respiratory Disorders – treatment for cough and cold

Reduces Fever – anti-pyretic & diaphoretic effects

Treats Infections – works as an antiseptic

Reduces Aches – a tonic for the nervous system

Type-2 Diabetes – beneficial in treating type-2

Relieves Pain & Inflammation – can be used for rheumatism & lumbago

Boosts Immunity – helps in restoring vital systems

Skin Care – excellent as a skin tonic & effective cleaner

Cellular Health – antioxidant qualities for cleaning blood

Treats Edema – cleansing effect on lymphatic congestion

Aromatherapy – used extensively for therapeutic effects

Obesity – contains Citral which combats obesity

Body Odour – used in deodorants and foot baths

Insect Repellent – it’s a natural insect repellent

Good for breast feeding – has galactagogic properties

Good during menstruation – soothing cramps & discomfort

Reduces Varicosity – soothes and helps swelling

Helps in preventing Dementia & Alzheimer – ongoing studies

Helps HIV Infected Patients – emerging study boosting CD4 counts

How to take Lemongrass?

Lemongrass is available as an essential Oil. Whilst it can be taken orally, it is highly concentrated, therefore it is best to consult first with a healthcare provider. Lemongrass oil can be used directly on the skin to treat acne or to relieve pain.

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