“In 2006 a research team from the Ben Gurion University in Israel found that lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) caused apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Through in vitro studies, the researchers examined the effect of citral, a molecule found in lemongrass, on both normal and cancerous cells. Using concentrations of citral equivalent to the quantity in a cup of tea (one gram of lemon grass in hot water), the researchers observed that citral induces programmed cell death in the cancerous cells, while the normal cells were left unharmed.”
Lemongrass is used for a long time in the cuisine of
Asia, especially and Thailand . It gives a slightly spicy, citral flavor in tea, soups, dishes with chicken or fish, sweets, etc.
Due to its strong, pleasant smell and low cost the essential oil of lemongrass is used in the production of soap, beverages, fragrances, deodorants and numerous other products. It is also used as insect repellant and pesticide.
Lemongrass has fungicidal and microbicidal properties. In traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) and in aromatherapy lemongrass essential oil is used against fever, depression, nervous problems, muscle pain, rheumatism, digestive problems, skin irritations and headache. It can be utilized through massage, footbath, inhalations and compresses. Mixed with apple vinegar it produces a conditioner beneficial to oily hair.
Don’t you think it is worth planting lemongrass in your garden or balcony?