Saturday, January 5, 2008

Medicinal value of lemon grass

It's medicinal value has found faith with some Buddhist monks who serve lemon grass tea in temples as it reputedly has a calming effect. The leaves are infused in water as a cooling tea.
In the realm of aromatherapy, the oil from lemon grass is mixed with coconut oil to rub on those having painful nerve conditions, rheumatism or lumbago.

Some in the Caribbean believe lemon grass baths ease soreness. Lemon grass is easily available in wet markets and supermarkets. wrapped well in kitchen paper, it can be stored in the refrigerator for at least two weeks, though as with most food, the taste cannot beat that of freshly bought lemon grass. In appearance, its pale green, grass-like leaves leave much to be desired but its bulbous-liking, creamish base, when cut open to expose mauve-colored rings amid the off-white surface, is quite something else.

It grows profusely in dense clumps throughout the tropics. As part of your own herb garden, just put some old lemon grass in soil and it will spread like wildfire, even by the side of the drains! However, experts say the soil must be well-drained and dry, for excessive watering will lower the oil content. Lemon grass is a natural insect repellent and it adds a citrus fragrance to potpourri.

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