Citronella, citral

Culinary



Sometimes used in tea blends, but more commonly to make tinctures and extracts.

Safety



Use with caution if there is a history of a hormone-driven condition or a sensitivity to aspirin.

Acrive Ingredients


Part of Plant Used



Leaves

Processing



Fresh, Dried, cut and sifted, powdered, essential oil

Origin



Thailand


Lemongrass is an ornamental perennial grass native to Asia, where it is used extensively as a culinary herb.

​Also called Citronella Grass and Barbed Wire Grass, lemongrass is prepared as tea and used to add citrus flavor to soups, stews, vegetables, fish and poultry.

Background:
​Lemon grass is most commonly used as a food spice. It has a strong scent that makes it useful for food flavoring.

Description:
Lemon grass is an aromatic grass that grows naturally in India and Sri Lanka. It is now grows in tropical areas worldwide.

Safety: Do not take lemon grass essential oil internally. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

Cymbopogon, commonly known as lemongrass is a genus of about 45 species of
​grasses, (of which the type species is Cymbopogon citratus, a natural and soft
tea anxiolytic[citation needed]) native to warm temperate and tropical regions of
the Old World and Oceania. It is a tall perennial grass. Common names include













lemon grass, lemongrass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, cha de
Dartigalongue, fever grass, tanglad, hierba Luisa, or gavati chaha, amongst many
others.

Uses
Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia. It is widely used as a herb in
Asian cuisine. It has a subtle citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or
​used fresh. It is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. It is also suitable
for use with poultry, fish, beef, and seafood. It is often used as a tea in African
countries such as Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Latin
American countries such asMexico.

​Lemongrass oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows
that lemongrass oil has antifungal properties. Despite its ability to repel insects,
its oil is commonly used as a "lure" to attract honey bees. "Lemongrass works
​conveniently as well as the pheromone created by the honeybee's Nasonov
gland, also known as attractant pheromones. Because of this, lemongrass oil
can be used as a lure when trapping swarms or attempting to draw the
​attention of hived bees."Lemon grass oil, used as a pesticide and preservative, is put on the ancient palm-leaf manuscripts found in India as a preservative. It is used at the Oriental Research Institute Mysore, the French Institute of Pondicherry, the Association for the Preservation of the Saint Thomas Christian Heritage in Kerala, and many other manuscript collections in India. The lemon grass oil also injects natural fluidity into the brittle palm leaves, and the hydrophobic nature of the oil keeps the manuscripts dry so that the text is not lost to decay due to humidity.East Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), also called Cochin grass or Malabar grass (Malayalam: (inchippullu), is native to Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand, while West Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is native to maritime Southeast Asia. It is known as serai in Malaysia and Brunei, serai or sereh in Indonesia, and tanglad in the Philippines. While both can be used interchangeably, C. citratus is more suitable for cooking. In India, C. citratus is used both as a medical herb and in perfumes. C. citratus is consumed as a tea for anxiety in Brazilian folk medicine, but a study in humans found no effect. The tea caused a recurrence of contact dermatitis in one case. 

Lemongrass, Thailand

Cymbopogon citratus