Habitat & Cultivation : Native to southern India and Sri Lanka, lemon grass is now cultivated! in tropical regions around the world.
Parts Used : Leaves, essential oil.
Constituents : Lemon grass contains a volatile oil with citral (about 70%) and citronellal as its main constituents. Both are markedly sedative.
History & Folklore : Lemon grass is cultivated for its oil, which is used as a culinary flavouring, a scent and medicinally.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : Lemon grass is commonly consumed as a tea to address digestive issues, providing relief by soothing the muscles of the stomach and gut. Its effectiveness extends to alleviating cramping pains and flatulence, making it a suitable remedy, especially for children. In the Caribbean, lemon grass holds a prominent status as a herb known for reducing fevers, particularly in cases with significant catarrh. Additionally, it finds external application as a poultice or diluted essential oil to ease pain and arthritis. In India, a paste made from the leaves is applied to areas affected by ringworm for therapeutic purposes.