Lemongrass, scientifically acknowledged as Cymbopogon citratus, is an aromatic plant that owes its rights to the grass family Poaceae. The appearance of lemongrass depicts the idea of a tall grass because of the stiff stems and long, slender fragrant leaves.
Lemongrass is also known as ginger grass or citronella grass in different parts of the world. Lemongrass can attain a towering height of 6 feet which is enough to obscure a moderate-sized person.
Lemongrass is a hot-topic in Asian culinary and traditional medicinal culture. Lemongrass is known to compliment the curries, soups, marinades, salads, and stews with courtesy. The heavy pale green stalks are steeped into a tea to experience not only citrusy flavor but also the medicinal benefits. Talking of medicinal benefits, lemongrass performs a stellar job at relieving anxiety, improving lipid profile, fighting infections, attenuating pain, enhancing oral health, increasing red blood cell count, and inducing diuresis to relieve bloating.
Historically, lemongrass became the center of attention when a Sri Lankan scientist planted it in his garden among other medicinal plants to carry out a research. Since then, a good deal of biologically active ingredients has been isolated from this versatile plant that is considered to support its purported medicinal properties. Lemongrass contains z-citral, borneol, estragole, methyleugenol, geranyl acetate, geraniol, beta-myrcene, limonene, piperitone, citronellal, carene-2, alpha-terpineole, pinene, and a lot more.