Lemongrass is grown worldwide but is commonly used in South America and Southeast Asia. The plant grows in dense clumps up to two meters in diameter and has leaves up to one meter long. Its versatility makes it one of the ten best selling essential oils in the world. It is used in aromatherapy, herbal teas, skin care products, fragrances, and insect repellents.
Lemongrass is used in Cuban folk medicine for blood pressure and for a normal inflammation response. It is also traditionally drunk as a tea in Brazil relaxation, for the gastrointestinal tract and for fever. These anecdotal reports have yet to be backed up by scientific studies.
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Directions: As an herbal supplement, take a heaping teaspoon daily. As an infusion, add this amount to a cup of boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes, strain and enjoy hot or cold.
Concerns for this product are based upon therapeutic use and may not be relevant to its consumption as a culinary seasoning.
Do not use if pregnant. Not recommended for use during nursing until further research verifies no contraindications.