Here's Why Lemongrass is Your Springtime Essential

Lemongrass is a bright, citrusy stemmed and fibrous herb. It looks like a thick piece of grass as the name would entail. It’s a member of the grass family but differs in other grass varieties due to its pungent lemony flavor. It has many healing benefits that stem beyond the cooking ingredient. Lemongrass is a powerful herb often used in Thai and Vietnamese cultures. It’s often found in cocktails, spicy curries and desserts. It's either dried, fresh or crushed, leaving its uses open to interpretation.

Here are 5 reasons lemongrass should be in your pantry (and should be your springtime staple):

It can be sipped as a tonic

Cucumber, lemongrass, lime and raspberry blended together create a springtime tonic for cleansing and hydration.

  1. Find a mason jar and add distilled or purified water.

  2. Cut up slices of cucumber, raspberries and limes and place inside the mason jar. Mix slightly! 

  3. Cut up a few pieces of lemongrass stalk and place in the mason jar. Add a sprinkle of turmeric for a spicy flavor.

  4. Soak for a few hours...and enjoy!

Lemongrass has a profound effect on the nervous system

Lemongrass increases sleeping time (decreasing insomnia) and can elevate mood during the day. Lemongrass has been studied for years and its effect on the brain is worth noting. Nontraditional medicine prescribers use lemongrass as treatment for vertigo and improved reflexes. Many use lemongrass oil in a diffuser and sniff throughout the night for nasal cleansing.

Decreases That Greasy Hair Look

Lemongrass has properties that decrease the oily texture in hair. It can be found as an active ingredient in some natural shampoos, but can also be added to any name brand shampoo.  

Add 2 drops of lemongrass oil to a small dollop of your regular shampoo. Rub between your palms and wash hair as normal. Use regularly until you achieve your desired results.

Has Anti-fungal Properties

According to the National Institute of Health, lemongrass oil is active against human dermatophytes, a type of fungus. Citral is known for its antimicrobial effects, and can help kill or suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. In a study conducted in 2008, over 91 essential oils were tested for effectiveness in suppressing fungal infections. Lemongrass ranked highest in inhibitory activity against MRSA.

Lemongrass Blends with Just About Everything

Create a broth/stock for soups and stews by boiling lemongrass stalks. Boil a few stalks of lemongrass with boiling water for about 30 minutes. Let cool and use as a base for springtime soups and stews.

Lemongrass blends with other herbs and essential oils including:

  • Lavender

  • Orange

  • Jasmine

  • Rosemary

  • Basil

  • Sandalwood

All of which can be paired together in a humidifier or vaporizer for nighttime cleansing!

Lemongrass is versatile and a fairly hidden gem in you've never used it. It smells delicious and will make anyone feel like a healer with its many medicinal properties.