Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass Herbal Tea - Natural Remedies for your Health

Originally native to grasslands in south-east Asia, lemongrass is now cultivated in many tropical regions, including Guatamala, the West Indies, and the Philippines, both as a culinary herb and for its essential oil. The herb is a popular digestive remedy in parts of Asia, and is used as a flavoring in perfumery and the food industry.

Dose

LOTION
Dilute 30 drops of essential oil in 1 tbsp vodka, then add to 1/2 cup water and use in a spray bottle as an insect repellant (fleas, ticks, and lice), or as a deodorant and antiperspirant.

MASSAGE RUB
Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2fl oz (60ml) of almond oil and massage into aching muscles, or use on the abdomen for stomach cramps.

INFUSION
Drink 1 cup (1-2 tsp herb per cup boiling water) 3 times daily for gas, indigestion, or stomach cramps.

POULTICE
Simmer a handful of chopped fresh lemongrass for 1–2 minutes in olive oil and use on arthritic or painful joints.

Garden

GROW
Grow in containers in cooler areas and over-winter in a conservatory or heated greenhouse, as not frost hardy (minimum temperature 45F/7C). In frost-free areas plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun, keeping 24in (60cm) between plants. Sow seeds (at 64F/18C) in early spring in seed trays and transplant to 3.5in (7cm) pots when large enough. Alternatively, propagate by root division in late spring.

HARVEST
Gather stems through the year.

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