25 Amazing Benefits of Lemongrass for Your Life
Also called lemongrass and lemongrass, lemongrass is a herb used in Nigeria for therapeutic purposes and also a as a means of tea.
Although many of its applications are of popular origin, several beneficial effects attributed to lemongrass have already been scientifically proven.
The main example of this is the antimicrobial property of the oil of this plant on Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes the gastritis.
The therapeutic effects of lemongrass are due to substances such as citral, geraniol, methyleugenol, myrcene, citronellal, acetic acid and caproic acid, which are also responsible for the characteristic perfume of the plant.
Want to know more about this herb? Check out the list of benefits that lemongrass can bring to your health and well-being:
Benefits to the body as a whole
Source of nutrients: it is source of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, folate and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc and iron.
Good compounds: this plant contains antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic compounds, all beneficial to our health.
Good for pain: by having analgesic properties, lemongrass helps relieve headaches and migraines. Their phytonutrients also work in cramps and muscle spasms, back pain and sports injuries.
Strength for the immune system: it is speculated that citral, present in lemongrass, is capable of inhibiting the effects of cytokines, substances involved in inflammatory reactions. In this way, the plant helps to improve immunity.
Seasoning: in addition to its therapeutic use, lemongrass can also be used in cooking, being especially famous in the kitchen of Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. The herb helps to flavor teas, curries and soups.
Benefits for body and mind
Combat insomnia: lemongrass tea has a sedative and hypnotic effect, helping to relax muscles and nerves and provide a more quality night’s sleep.
Good for the skin: if used as a tonic, lemongrass is an excellent cleaning agent for oily and acne-prone skin due to its astringent and antiseptic properties.
Foot Care: Due to its antibacterial and sanitizing properties, lemongrass can be added to the water to soak the feet, helping to combat bad odors.
Total revitalization: in aromatherapy, lemongrass is recognized for its effects as revitalizing body and mind, as well as stimulating circulation.
Control of lipidemia: lemongrass has properties that help fight hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia, reducing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in the body and preventing atherosclerosis.
It is good for the stomach: another property of the essential oil of this plant is the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders, such as ulcer, in addition to helping to fight infections caused by pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori and Escherichia coli.
Diuretic power: it helps to detoxify the body as a consequence of its diuretic properties, which stimulate the elimination of accumulated fluid.
Fluid Retention: Those who suffer from fluid retention find a good ally in lemongrass. It stimulates the lymph nodes and helps to reduce swelling.
Against obesity: citral prevents the accumulation of abdominal fat and promotes the use of stored energy, avoiding weight gain and combating obesity.
Benefits against diseases
Cancer prevention: this plant has been shown to be efficient in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer, such as skin, liver and breast cancer.
DNA protection: by containing antioxidant substances, lemongrass protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals in the DNA, which cause aging and increase the chances of the onset of cancer.
Fighting bacterial infections: lemongrass essential oil combats biofilm formation and is beneficial in the treatment of infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
Combating infections: because it has antibacterial and antifungal properties, lemongrass has curative power in some infections caused by these microorganisms.
Respiratory problems: In Ayurvedic medicine, lemongrass has been used in the treatment of coughs and colds. It also offers relief from nasal congestion, influenza and asthma.
Against fever: still in Ayurvedic medicine, lemongrass is used to reduce fever due to its antipyretic and sweat-inducing properties.
Antifungal: their antiseptic properties make lemongrass is effective in treating infections such as ringworm and oral and vaginal candidiasis.
Nervous System: This herb stimulates the mind and helps to fight convulsions, nervousness, vertigo and even neuronal disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Type 2 diabetes: One of the substances found in lemongrass, citral, helps maintain regular levels of insulin in the body, increasing glucose tolerance. Thus, the plant is a complement in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Relief of rheumatism: People suffering from rheumatism may also benefit from lemongrass, as it alleviates the pain and discomfort of the disease.
Insect-borne diseases: As an insect repellent, lemongrass helps prevent diseases such as malaria, dengue and Lyme.
Despite all these beneficial effects, lemongrass can cause allergic reactions in some people. If this is the case, stop using the plant immediately.
If you are pregnant or nursing, always consult a physician before using this plant (and any other!) For therapeutic purposes, combined?