Lemongrass: A Mind-Body Herb

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is an ancient remedy for detoxifying the body, relieving pain, and supporting the health of red blood cells, the skin, and sound sleep. It’s also highly regarded for promoting mental clarity and spiritual resilience, making lemongrass a useful “mind-body herb.”

For the physical body, lemongrass has long been used for treating arthritis, fever, and anemia. It’s also used to support healthy digestion. Lemongrass is high in antioxidants, which help protect the integrity of the cells. Holistic physicians often use lemongrass in the management of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

For the spirit, lemongrass oil is an excellent aromatherapy ‘rescue remedy’ for times when you are struggling to accomplish something but are weighed down by procrastination or lack of clarity. Diffusing lemongrass oil or burning lemongrass incense or candles can bring you clarity of purpose and focus on a task while warding off interruption.

Lemongrass has a vibrant lemon-like flavor and aroma. When you want to add pizazz to an entrée, use fresh or dried lemongrass in your broths, meat, poultry and seafood dishes and enjoy added health benefits. And, when you need to invigorate and clarify your thinking, lemongrass has much to offer: Enjoy it as a tea, in an herbal salve or lotion, and as a tincture. Check with your holistic practitioner for the best way to use lemongrass for your wellbeing.

References

  • Shah, Gagan et al. “Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Cymbopogon citratus, stapf (Lemon grass)” Jl of Advanced Pharma Tech & Res (2011), vol 2:1; pp 3-8. Accessed on 22 Nov 2018: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217679/?report=printable
  • Jessimy, M. “15 Surprising Health Benefits of Lemon Grass.” Posted at NaturalFoodSeries.com; Posted 18 August 2018. Accessed on 22 Nov 2018: https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/15-health-benefits-lemongrass/
  • Nall, R. ” What are the health benefits of lemongrass tea?” Posted at MedicalNewsToday.com; Posted on 24 Oct 2019. Accessed on 22 Nov 2018: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321969.php

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