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Uses, benefits and properties.
The lemongrass plant originates from India, belonging to the Gramineae family, perennial and highly aromatic. The flowers of this plant gather in spikelets 30 to 60 cm long, forming clusters. Its leaves are very aromatic and elongated, rough green in color that sprout from the ground. We generally see a wide variety of herbal teas in grocery stores, including lemongrass. And it brings with it multiple benefits for both the body and our skin.
Its components are:
– Mostly, they are the geranial, cineole and neral.
– In addition to linalool, geraniol, furfural, citronellal, and myrcene.
– B-sitosterol, N-hexacosanol, quercetin, limonene, cimopogna, and cymbopogon.
– On the other hand, it has vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C.
– Minerals such as iron, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and calcium.
– It also has polyphenols (antioxidants).
All these compounds help to …
● Kill fungi, due to their fungicidal function
● Prevents the development of microorganisms, due to their antiseptic properties.
● Eliminates excess fluids in the body (Diuretic)
● Antibiotic since it is super effective to fight microbial infections
● Helps to eliminate heavy metals from our body
● Regulates insulin levels
● Reduces anxiety
● Due to its high content of polyphenols, it acts as an antioxidant before free radical damage
● Strengthens the immune system
● Reduces fever
● Relieves congestions, coughs, colds or even bronchial asthma.
● Studies have shown that citral, which is the main component of lemongrass, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, preventing their proliferation.
● It is also used as an insect repellent.
● It attracts bees.
This plant is one of those that can be had in the garden as an ornament but also as a cultivation and own consumption. It requires direct sun and a good drainage system, since it does not withstand much humidity. A tip so that you do not run out of lemongrass would be to cut only what is going to be consumed, for example to make an infusion or use in the kitchen as a condiment. But do not tear the leaves from the root, but rather, cut the leaf.
Lemongrass essential oil
Lemongrass essential oil is extracted from the long leaves of this plant, steam distillation to produce it. This oil is just as beneficial as the infusion, but we can get more out of it by using it as a topical for the skin or as aromatherapy. Lemongrass is also used as a tranquilizer for the nervous system, but it is also known as the cleansing herb.
Aromatically, it can be diffused through a diffuser, adding a few drops of this oil will give you the benefits of this, which are:
– Clean the air when there are environmental threats, especially now that we are going through a viral pandemic.
– Also to lower bad cholesterol and promote proper digestive function.
– Decreases tension and muscular dystrophy, as well as mental fatigue.
– Lemongrass essential oil also helps cleanse your energies, helping to dispel feelings of discouragement, despair, and apathy.
– The aroma of this oil in a diffuser helps people flow freely and smoothly and thus have a better analysis capacity and greater clarity.
Lemongrass oil is an effective cleanser for all skin types, as it contains antiseptic and astringent properties, with this a luminous and uniform skin is achieved, it sterilizes the pores, tones your skin and strengthens the tissues.
Of course, its use in pure form is not recommended for sensitive skin, because it can cause greater sensitivity. Its diluted use is recommended for these skins or combining it with your facial creams.
Who would say that there are so many benefits in a plant that looks like a bush, simple but powerful. Take advantage of all its properties in all its forms and feel full.