Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass is native to Asia and is used in cooking and traditional medicine in South America, India and throughout Asia and Oceania. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, diuretic, analgesic and anti-bacterial and is used to treat fevers, coughs, colds, headaches, fatigue, nervousness, cramps and stomachaches. Modern studies have shown its constituents to show promise for the treatment of oral thrush, high cholesterol, and even cancer.

Closely related to citronella grass, lemongrass oil can also be used as an insect repellant, particularly for flies, but attracts bees. Lemongrass is also purported to repel serpents.

Lemongrass tea does have a mild, lemony flavor, but, to me, it tastes a bit gingery as well, especially when drunk cold. I love to add lemongrass to my stock or the cooking water for my rice and then remove the solids at the end. The flavor and scent is uplifting and helps to clear the mind.

Lemongrass is a great addition to hygiene products. It is said to combat greasy skin and hair and acne and is a good addition to deodorants. Soaking your feet in water inflused with lemongrass will deoderize them and help prevent foot fungus.

I am experimenting with weaving with lemongrass. I am not sure what I'm going to do with that. Maybe like an incense braid? Or a lovely scented situpon? Stay tuned, I guess.

When growing lemongrass, I have found that the fragrance and flavor are best when the plant is harvested on a dry day. Trying to salvage a bunch of lemongrass in the chilly, wet autumn was an exercise in disappointment. I might as well have been lawn grass.

Element(s): Air -
Planet(s): Mercury -
Zodiac Sign: - -
Season: Summer
Sabbat: Midsummer

Gender: Masculine

health, healing, strength, purification, clear-headedness, peace, joy, uplifting

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