Lemongrass

Latin:  Cymbopogon citratus

Family:  Poaceae

Parts Used:  Leaves

Taste/Energetics:  Sour,

Properties:  Analgesic, antidepressant. antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory. astringent, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic, anxiolytic, diuretic, antifungal

Actions:  Traditionally lemongrass has long been used as a medicinal and culinary herb in SouthEast Asia and India. It is also used in teas in parts of Latin America.  Lemongrass has a heady citrusy aroma and the herb has numerous medicinal effects.  It is helpful for cooling fevers due to its diaphoretic action.  It relaxes the stomach, reduces cramping and improves digestion.  Its gentle anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties are helpful for reducing muscle spasms, restless legs and arthritis.

Its diuretic and dispersive quality make it useful for eliminating and excreting unnecessary waste particles and helping the body to function more smoothly and efficiently.  It can also be used externally to treat fungal infections such as ringworm.

In terms of mental health, lemongrass is often used in aromatherapy for its uplifting and anxiety reducing properties.    Lemongrass promotes feelings of hope, confidence, strength and is gently relaxing as well.

Dosage:  Often added to SouthEast Asian meals in whole form.  Can be taken as tea (standard infusion).  Added to epsom salt baths, massage oils, diffusers, and sprays (standard).

Contraindications:  This is a strong and potent smelling essential oil.  Avoid the oil with pregnant and nursing women, small children.