Lemon Grass – A Weight Loss Herb
Lemongrass is a herb which is used in international meals to improve the flavour of the food. It is also known as fever grass in the Asian countries.
Apart from its flavour, it is also known for its medicinal and nutritional value. It is rich in Vitamin A, C, folic acid, folates, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorous, etc. The scent resembles lemon because of which it got its name. Because of this varied scent, it is used for therapeutic purposes.
Uses of Lemongrass:
- The oil extracted from lemongrass is used to treat stomach spasms, stomach pains, especially during the menstrual cycle. Rubbing it gently on the stomach will soothe the soreness.
- Because of its citrusy scent, it has a soothing effect on vomiting and nausea.
- It is a good source of Vitamin C which is why it is used in treating common cold and cough. 100 gms of Lemongrass powder has 2.6 mg of Vitamin C.
- It also has potassium, which will help you to regulate the blood pressure levels. 100 gms of Lemongrass powder has 736 mg of potassium. Consuming it in regulated measures can help a B.P patient to regulate the levels.
- The distinct scent of lemongrass is used for its aromatherapy for muscle and joint pains.
- It has varied usage in culinary arts, especially in the preparation of international cuisines, lemongrass is used for its distinct flavour.
- Apart from its medicinal and culinary usage, it is also used in the preparation of soaps, deodorants, and cosmetics.
- Applying it on the skin will help in preventing skin infections. It fights against infections by preventing the growth of bacteria, yeast etc., microorganisms.
- It is a great antioxidant.
Caution or side effects of Lemongrass:
- Caution should be paid to children inhaling or consuming lemongrass.
- Lemongrass holds the ability to initiate menstrual cycle so it is should be avoided during pregnancy and lactating mothers.
- Overdosage of lemon grass can lead to vomiting and nausea.
There is no evidential study for the safety or side effects of lemongrass. Basically, it is safe other than a few exceptional cases. However, talk to your dietician before using it and if you are keen on trying recipes that include lemongrass then learn about the usage completely before trying the recipe.
A few ways to incorporate it into your daily life;
- Oil can be used for massaging and applying on the skin directly.
- A drop or two of Lemongrass oil can be added to meat recipe’s and soups to improve the flavour and digestibility. Powder (a pinch of it) can also be used for the similar purpose.
- The oil can be added to the hot bath water to make the bath soothing and relaxing.
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