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Top 10 Health Benefits of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves that is indigenous to many Asian countries. As the name implies, lemongrass smells like lemon, but it tastes milder and sweeter. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.

Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.

Along with its culinary uses, lemongrass is useful in alternative or complementary remedies for a wide range of ailments.

It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, insecticidal, sedative, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.

Fresh and dried lemongrass are readily available in the market. You can also get lemongrass essential oil and supplements.

Lemongrass tea is most often used in home remedies for various health issues. You can brew the tea by steeping one teaspoon of fresh or dried lemongrass in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes. Strain, add any desired sweetener and your tea is ready. You can also buy ready-to-use tea bags.

health benefits of lemongrass

Here are the top 10 health benefits of lemongrass.

1. Helps Digestion

Lemongrass promotes healthy digestion. It has antiseptic compounds that effectively kill bad bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract and repopulate the good bacteria in the colon.

This in turn helps treat digestive health problems like indigestion, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps. Plus, lemongrass has antimicrobial properties that help relieve gastroenteritis.

For a healthy digestive tract, drink lemongrass tea on regular basis. Lemongrass tea, however, is not recommended for small children.

2. Controls Cholesterol Levels

The anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis action of lemongrass helps reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Plus, it helps in the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerotic plaque buildup.

A University of Wisconsin study in 1989 found that people with high cholesterol who took 140-milligram capsules of lemongrass oil daily noticed reduction in cholesterol levels. They also experienced a significant decrease in blood fats.

The high potassium content in lemongrass also helps lower and regulate blood pressure.

Simply drink a cup of lemongrass tea everyday to help lower your cholesterol level and reduce blood pressure. You can also take this herb in supplement form after consulting your doctor.

3. Cleanses and Detoxifies

Regular consumption of lemongrass tea helps cleanse and detoxify the body. The diuretic nature of lemongrass helps remove toxins, uric acid and bad cholesterol from the body by increasing the frequency and quantity of urination. Urination also helps clean out the kidneys.

Plus, the cleansing properties of this herbal tea help purify the liver, kidneys, bladder and pancreas. It also plays a key role in increasing blood circulation, which is important for overall health.

Drink lemongrass tea on a regular basis to help your body get rid of harmful elements.

4. Heals Colds and Flu

Lemongrass has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your body cope with coughs, fever and other cold and flu symptoms. Plus, it is loaded with vitamin C that boosts your immune system to fight the infection.
You can use lemongrass oil to relieve pain in muscles and joints, as well as headaches resulting from a cold or the flu.

Plus, lemongrass can be effective in breaking down mucus and phlegm buildup, which can alleviate problems with breathing. This is mainly beneficial when suffering from bronchitis or asthma.

You can make the following medicinal drink with lemongrass.

  1. Boil a few fresh strands of lemongrass, two or three cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick, one teaspoon of turmeric powder in one cup of milk.
  2. Strain and drink it when it cools down.
  3. Drink this once a day for a few days.

5. Fights Cancer

Research at Ben Gurion University in Israel has shown that lemongrass tea can help fight cancer. A component called citral found in lemongrass causes apoptosis in cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Simply put, it causes the cancer cells to commit suicide.

In fact, to help the healing process, cancer patients in Israel are encouraged to take fresh lemongrass tea while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

Another study published in 2009 in the journal Fundamentals of Clinical Pharmacology found that citral in lemongrass slows the growth of breast cancer cells in the laboratory.

Plus, there are several antioxidant properties in lemongrass that help lower your risk of cancer by fighting free radicals.

6. Reduces Arthritis Pain

Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, lemongrass helps treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, gout and other types of joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties help suppress the activity of cyclooxygenase-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation that causes pain, especially in joints.

Plus, lemongrass helps to alleviate muscle spasms or sprains by relaxing the muscles, which in turn reduces the pain-related symptoms.

  • You can mix lemongrass oil with coconut oil in a 1:2 ratio and rub it over the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off. Do this daily for a few weeks.
  • You can also drink lemongrass tea twice daily for best results.

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122 thoughts on “Top 10 Health Benefits of Lemongrass”

    1. I planted one lone stalk of lemongrass last spring and now I have a thick, lush stand of it. I just used it for the first time, to make lemongrass tea. I boiled water, chopped the stalk into bits and steeped it for five minutes. I then added a bit of honey…so tasty!

      1. O.M.G. my mom just started giving me this the same way you make it. I have kidney disease, I truly hope it can help me. Although I know there’s no cure perhaps this can definitely slow it down.
        Thanks so much for sharing.

        1. Make sure you make the grass dry before using it. Do not pick and use same time. It can be dangerous even for your kidneys. Most herbs can damage kidney if used without drying.

  1. thank God for his kindness and generosity. He created the sustainance before the substance(man). All these have been created for our good. Very good insight.

  2. Im drinking a cup of lemongrass tea now coz i have hypertension at this age of 22.. Now that i know that lemongrass has plenty of benefits, i will drink lemongrass tea everyday! Thank u for the infos.

  3. Got a bout with vertigo just this morning and a colleague texted me to try boiling lemon grass with water and use as a medicinal drink. Miracle drink indeed, dizziness is gone and I am feeling a lot, lot better. Thank God for this wonderful herb and thanks to my colleague Mommy Nikki for sharing the tip.

  4. our forefathers used lemongrass tea and they lived longer.Thanks to Kiki for bringing back to limelight this God given natural remedy for many ailments

  5. Thanks for this insight. I took 2 cups of lemon grass for three days,morning and evening and I was cured of sore throat n flu. thanks!!!

  6. Am very happy for knowing the secret of lemon grass today…..
    Inshort, Lemon grass is d antidote to almost all d sickness in d body

  7. GOD is awesome! These things are with us yet we go spending money on over processed/manufactured imported rubbish.Lemon grass and many other natural leaves,vegetables,fruits are wonderful presents from nature around us.Go for knowledge!!!

  8. God gave us every herb that grows and pronounced them good. Oh merciful God thank you for giving humanity this wonder herb lemon grass. You are the best physician you know what is best for our bodies to function well. I will forever praise my Lord.

  9. I tried lemongrass tea for the first time last night. It worked with my nausea the same night. Something I had for 2 days. Amazing

  10. It’s wonderful to Known the benefits of lemongrass thanks to inform us the amazing and miracle plant which we all are ignore thanks to mother nature

  11. wow amazing product. I have tried this in India. Btw, im half filipino. I’m inlove with a bacolod girl. I hope she sees this someday. Ciao!

  12. This is a wonderful leave created by God and it”s multi-purpose. It will work for u if u only believe in GOD.fever , pain etc

  13. its good tea…and it is so nice with good flavour…. i drink lemongrass daily….thank God for creating dis plant.

  14. This is awesome,my heartburn is gone my pain is gone..now i am feeling good..The lemon grass helps a lot..thanks god!!

  15. Thank you for your wonderful sharing and experience because by sharing this you save life of thousand of people.
    God will richly bless you all…Thank Our Creator for giving us this plant to his hill and help His image..

  16. I have so much I my garden and started taking this In boiled water mint and honey daily and it has helped my high Bp as well as constipation issue. It’s so great my new best friend!

  17. When i was a kid my mom would boil lemongrass in water with lime or lemon leaves then sweeten as a tea and give us to lower fever whenever we got sick with the flu, so many times i would remember this but never practiced it, so this article just reminds me of the benefits. (Am adding this to my list of herbs), I sometimes cook with lemongrass but not often enough. Am going to make lemongrass and chicken dumplings( Potstickers) that’s another great way to have this herb. 🙂

  18. Good to see all revive above this is an versatile herb so we realized the power nature be natural and buy natural
    say not in organic plant a tree and and take care every day till your life (to thanks the nature) on this mother earth save the world from global warming to get this kind things from our mother Nature god


  19. Thank for the information on lemongrass which is good for some of us seeking herbal treatment to ailments especially in 3rd world countries where conventional medicine is to come by. lemongrass is wildly grown in our country, but we just look at as an ordinary grass ], from your literature i have found out that it is very good as a herbal medicine

  20. No wonder the master of creation said everything HE created are very good. Thanks for the insight about lemongrass.Genesis 1:31

  21. There is no doubt, Lemongrass is a very beneficial herb available so easily in nature that it should be used by everyone to detoxify the body and remain healthy. I have been suffering from G.E.R.D. for over four years but got relief after I started taking it as tea twice a day. God is so merciful to gift us cure for all diseases but we fail to benefit from them because of our apathy and ignorance. Let us be closer to Nature and thank God the Benefactor!

  22. after hearing that the lemon grass provide plenty of health benefit, I start to grow them and make drinking tea for my whole family. Thanks for sharing information.

  23. Comment:my grandmother always took lemongrass,but I didn’t know the benefit of this herb.She looks young everyday now I know that lemongrass is the secret. She is 80+ looks like 50+.

  24. Lemon grass is so rich to fight so many sickness in out body system.
    When you take lemon grass tea youroom sleeping system changed instantly.
    It becomes deep and you look fresh and am sure it fight stroke too.

  25. Tanks guys. I always know the this grass is not just there for fun. I join the lemongrass tea party and slow down on Chinese green tea. Soothing, tasty and the benefits can never be over emphasised.

  26. My left knee cups pain, has bn my sadness four years now..it stopped and I didn’t know how,..I guess its since I dropped tea leaves for the amazing lemon grass..God is great.am now happy..

  27. This herb is wonderful, I make tea with lemongrass, soup, homemade soap (using ground dry leaves)… I love it and use it a lot. To God be the glory!

  28. I have lemongrass in my compound. I usually boil it for some minutes before drinking it, but recently, I combined lemon grass and lemon orange and boiled them together. Please, what is the health benefits and effects. I am not using it for any treatment. Thanks

  29. Comment:am amazed at d health benefits of lemongrass tea. I sure will join d parry from now. we all need good health. Thanks to God for dis wonder herb

  30. My favorite drink is lemon grass tea. I knew it had some medicinal purpose but didn’t exactly know what.. Now it clear to me why I urinate a lot after consuming it. It basically detoxifes my body from harmful elements. Wowwww I m actually addicted to it and I don’t intend to stop.God is great..

  31. I Hv Been Having Body Pain Waking Up Wt Pains Allover My Body Bt I Started Taking Lemon Grass I Felt Relieve I Realy Tank God

  32. very encouraging to hear all these positive results, thats when i want to try it a colleague just gave me, but i was wondering if it is also good to control low bp and heart palpitations?

  33. Comment: Amazing, thank God i planted it at my backyard and i have started taking it after reading all the testimonies by people. OUR GOD is Awesome.

  34. yeah! here in the Philippines we always educate people about health consciousness specifically thru this herb(lemongrass) most especially to my members in an organization.i have many lemongrass plantation in my area too.

  35. yeah!its good for our health,i have my own lemongrass plantation in my area and i do health awareness program thru my organization regarding this power herb.

  36. it realy awesome . all in one medicine. thank you god . its miracle. icame to my home after two days continous travlling.
    and i make lemon grass tea with black tea. its really imaging after had lemon grass tea i feel refresh within some minuts. thankyou god thanks thanks thanks. please try everybody

  37. A wonderful plant given to us by our God. If only we knew all the health benefits of all the plants on earth we would never get sick. Now we have the knowledge don’t ignore this amazing naturally occurring plant. Have used it for long and I benefited a lot.

    1. it realy great . across the board pharmaceutical. much obliged to you god . its supernatural occurrence. icame to my home following two days continous travlling.

      what’s more, I influence lemon to grass tea with dark tea. its truly imaging after had lemon grass tea I feel invigorate inside some minuts. thankyou god thanks much obliged. if it’s not too much trouble attempt everyone

  38. it really great. across the board pharmaceutical. much obliged to you god . its supernatural occurrence. I came to my home following two days continuous traveling.

    what’s more, I influence lemon to grass tea with dark tea. it’s true imaging after had lemon grass tea I feel invigorated inside some minutes. thankyou god thanks much obliged. if it’s not too much trouble attempt everyone

  39. We use it a lot especially when making chicken stew; it is not complete without lemon grass; after everything is cooked we take away the lemon grass and discard it; but the taste and aroma is already in the chicken broth

  40. i thank God for this plant not only for taste and aroma but its a perfect herb for all the sickness try it and you will see the results

  41. Thanks for this detailed enlightenment on the use of lemongrass. I have been suing it for sometime now to reduce BP and pain. It is really working. My waist pain has reduced drastically, my BP has normalised. Thank God for this wonderful creation.

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