How to use lemongrass for optimum health benefits?

What is lemongrass?

Lemongrass is a plant with aroma like lemons, hence the name. Also, it is known as citronella.

The main use of lemongrass is as tea, or as essential oil.

Certainly, you can use lemongrass in recipes. It has a unique citrus flavor.

Moreover, people use lemongrass as a bug repellent, or air freshener.

Lemongrass tea can help you sleep

Lemongrass tea is good for helping you sleep.

Studies have shown that lemongrass has neurobehavioral effects.

Moreover, lemongrass essential oil has anxiolytic activity. It can increase the sleeping time (1).

Lemongrass essential oil protects your teeth

A 2012 study tested the antibacterial activity of 9 commercially available essential oils against Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is a bacterium commonly found in the human oral cavity. It’s one common cause of tooth decay.

Lemongrass oil was effective against this oral bacterium (2).

Only cinnamon oil and cedarwood oil were also effective. Wintergreen oil, lime oil, peppermint oil and spearmint oil had no antibacterial activity.

Furthermore, lemongrass essential oil may be good for many other oral infections. Due to its antibacterial properties.

It may decrease the risk of cancer

Studies have shown that lemongrass tea has great anticancer properties (3).

The results are promising. Even when lemongrass was used alone or with conventional chemotherapy. Moreover, lemongrass tea may reduce the side effects of drugs.

Scientists believe that lemongrass tea should be further investigated, for prevention or even treatment of cancer.

Finally, lemongrass tea was promising especially against colorectal cancer.

Moreover, foods rich in chlorophyll, such as wheatgrass powder seems to help against certain types of cancer. Additionally, vitamin D and foods rich in omega-3s may also help against cancer.

Lemongrass tea may help people with high blood pressure

It is believed that lemongrass tea is good for high blood pressure.

Lemongrass tea has antihypertensive properties. That’s due to its active phytochemicals (4).

According to a 2011 study, people who drank lemongrass tea had a moderate decrease in their systolic blood pressure (5).

Another study showed that foods rich in polyphenols are good for lowering blood pressure (6).

Polyphenols, such as tyrosols (in black and green olives), alkylphenols, lignans (in flaxseeds), and stilbenes (in red wine and peanuts) gave great results.

Lemongrass tea is also particularly rich in polyphenols. It contains many polyphenolic compounds. The most important of them are gallic acid, isoquercetin, quercetin, rutin, catechin and tannic acid (7).

Moreover, green tea is also rich in catechins. Green tea and coffee are the main sources of polyphenols (8). At least for people who don’t follow a plant-based diet… Only plants are high in polyphenols.

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants. That’s the reason why lemongrass has so great health benefits.

Remember… Eat lots of foods rich in polyphenols for great health benefits.

It may lower cholesterol

Animal studies have shown that lemongrass essential oil has significant anti-hyperlipidemic activity. It means that lemongrass essential oil can decrease cholesterol and triglycerides levels (9).

Lemongrass essential oil can decrease elevated cholesterol. The effectiveness of lemongrass oil depends on dose, though (1).

Doses of 200 mg per kg of body weight of lemongrass essential oil were effective. On the contrary a total dose of 140 mg gave no significant health benefits (10).

Lemongrass essential oil is good for the skin

Furthermore, lemongrass essential oil is good for your skin.

It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties (11).

Seem like, lemongrass essential oil may be beneficial against fungal infections and skin inflammation.

Lemongrass essential oil doesn’t allow fungal cells to adhere to the skin. Therefore, it makes them less infectious and toxic.

Therefore, lemongrass essential oil can be used for the prevention or even the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions.

Furthermore, scientific data shows that there is growing evidence that even evaporation of lemongrass essential oil is effective against fungal infections. It has such a powerful action, against fungal infections, that scientists believe that it could be used as air decontaminant in hospitals.

There is no wonder why lemongrass essential oil is used in aromatherapy.

Lemongrass is good for overall health

Certainly, lemongrass can promote health. Lemongrass is used as a medical herb for centuries.

Studies have shown that lemongrass has many pharmacological properties:

  • anti-bacterial,
  • anti-diarrheal,
  • anti-fungal,
  • anti-inflammatory.

Above all, lemongrass is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, protecting us from chronic inflammation. Hence, from chronic inflammatory diseases.