Lemongrass, scientifically referred to as Cymbopogon Citrates, is also known by many
other names. It is called Citroengras, Fever Grass, Sereh, Te Limon and Zacate Limon.
It is also known as a Culinary Additive, which enhances the aroma of a dish, just
like how the Oriental culinary experts do.
Lemongrass, or Cymbopogon Citrates, belongs to the grass family scientifically known
Finding lemongrass isn?t much of difficulty. Lemongrass grows in abundance in the
tropical countries, where it was discovered, all over the globe. It is however imperative
to note that not all lemongrass that we find are similar in properties, herbal and
usefulness at that.
Ancient people are said to have used lemongrass as perfume substitute.
As lemongrass is basically a grass, the only plant part that is deemed useful are
its leaves from where the essential oils and aromatic are naturally stored.
Lemongrass, obviously, is a grass. It has been used for many years to serve a long
list of purposes, which includes weight loss and anti-bacterial. It has properties
like Citral, Citronellol, Dipentene, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool and Myrcene.
Physically though, it is more of a stalk that grows in cluster in tropical regions.
It has globular and brawny stalks that emit a scent that many species of insects
hate, making it an effective repellant.
Lemongrass grows by as much as six feet high. It has strap-like leaves that grow
0.5? to an inch and width measuring about three feet. It also has a rare apex. The
leaves are clad in bluish green color. The plants grow all year-round.
To get its essential oil and aromatic scent lemongrass are steam boiled.
Ancient people make use of steamed lemongrass as perfume substitute. Modern day people
make use of its scent for aromatherapy.
There is however another benefit that most of us probably don?t know - it is an effective
dosage against all forms of external skin disorders caused by bacteria. It is also
one of the most recommended treatment oil in the treatment of nail fungus.