LEMON Cut Sheet IPHYM Herbalism Cymbopogon flexuosus

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LEMON Cut Sheet IPHYM Herbalism Cymbopogon flexuosus

Grown for its stalks and leaves with aromatic qualities (to taste lemon) lemon grass contains citronellol.

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Used for : cough, rheumatism, nervousness, mosquito repellent

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LEMON Cut Sheet IPHYM Herbalism Cymbopogon flexuosus

Latin names: Cymbopogon citratus, C.flexuosus

Family: Poaceae, grasses
Other names: Lemon grass

Medicinal properties of Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a Medicinal Plant used for internal use as a sedative and digestive and externally to fight against insect bites or mosquitoes. This is also a sedative, an anti-bacterial, an anti-inflammatory.

- Against rheumatism and sprains
- Diuretic
- Tonic
- Digestive
- Antitussive
- Digestive and sedation (infusion)
- Mosquitoes: burn dry leaves

Pharmacology of Lemongrass

Citral, 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) and other monoterpenes present in the essential oil of citronella in a certain proportion, also demonstrated their effectiveness as repellents and insecticides to houseflies and allow the production of insecticides trade with almost no toxicity to humans.

The advice of our pharmacist herbalist to extract active ingredients from plants:

How to make an infusion easily

For flowers, leaves, berries and seeds for essential oil.

  • Pour 500 ml of boiling water (removed from the heat as soon as boiling) 1 tsp. Coffee (3-5 g) of medicinal plant (or mixture of plants), then cover.
  • Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes for fresh plants, and 5 to 15 minutes to dry plants.
  • Strain and drink the tea hot or not after adding a bit of honey or natural syrup.

Prepare your teas and herbal infusions with low mineral water. Water plays an important role as it conveys the properties of plants.

Drinks herbal generally act better on an empty stomach. Often, it is suggested to drink herbal teas and herbal teas in small sips throughout the day, but it is also possible to divide the daily dose of medicinal plants in 2 or 3 doses. Indications are that it simply takes the natural remedy if necessary.

Origin of Lemongrass

Traditionally, we also extract an essential oil used as a repellent against mosquitoes. In Central Africa, lemongrass is traditionally planted around houses because the smell would repel mosquitoes.

Native to tropical Asia (Sri Lanka and India) plant for C.flexuosus while the variety C. Citratus comes mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia.
It is a tropical perennial plant that grows in moist sunny climate.

Herbaceous plant with long linear leaves, erect, 90 cm to 2 m long, rough and sharp edges, rather pale bluish green color. Hollow rods, the bulbous base, wrapped in the leaf sheath.

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