Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass

  • 11 Nov - 17 Nov, 2017
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Nutritional Profile

Lemongrass provides 99 calories per 100gm; 0.5g fat, 6mg of sodium, 25g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of protein and 723mg of potassium.

Interesting facts

· Fruit of lemongrass is caryopsis (type of dry fruit which does not split to release seed).

· Lemongrass can be also consumed in the form of herbal teas, cocktails and other refreshing beverages.

· Essential oils of lemongrass are common ingredients of massage oils and candles that are used in aromatherapy.

· Lemongrass is often used in the cosmetic industry for the manufacture of perfumes, soaps and deodorants.

· Lemongrass can be used fresh, dried or in the form of powder. It represents an integral part of Asian cuisine. Lemongrass has lemony, ginger-like taste that perfectly complements dishes made of meat, fish and seafood. It is also used for the preparation of soups, marinades and sauces.

Health facts

· Lemongrass is a rich source of vitamins A,B and C and minerals such as potassium, zinc, calcium and iron.

· Essential oils obtained from the lemongrass can be used to prevent insect bites, as these can effectively repel mosquitoes. Lemongrass can be also used instead of conventional pesticides to repel whiteflies and other pest insects from the gardens.

· Lemongrass can be used in treatment of stress, insomnia, flatulence, poor digestion and for detoxification of the body.

· Tea made of lemongrass can be used as diuretic.

· Essential oils of lemongrass mixed with pepper can be used to treat menstrual disorders and nausea.


Lemongrass possesses anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties that support healthy cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that the regular consumption of lemongrass has shown significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body. This helps in preventing the accumulation of lipids in the blood vessels and promotes an unobstructed flow of blood in the arteries and prevents various cardiac disorders.