Grass Oil was used in traditional Indian medicine for infectious
illnesses and fever. Modern research in India shows that Lemon Grass Oil
also acts as a sedative on the central nervous system. It is also used
as an insecticide and for flavoring food.
Lemon grass is excellent for sagging skin and stretch marks. Use in a carrier lotion or oil for massage. Lemon grass oil is diffused to lessen fatigue and clear thinking. Lemon grass oil may be used with a carrier in the bath.
Lemon grass is a long thick grass with leaves at the top and a solid portion several inches long at the root end. The lower portion is sliced or pounded and used in cooking. As a spice, fresh lemon grass is preferred for its vibrant flavour, but is also sold in dried form. The dried spice is available in several forms: chopped in slices, cut and sifted, powdered, or as an oil can be extracted from the plant.
Leaves can be harvested for fresh use throughout the summer, but the flavor is best just before flowering. To dry, cut the stems just as the flowers start to open and hang in small bunches. Harvest sparingly the first year.
Lemon grass features in Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and Indian cooking and is widely used in savoury dishes and meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable curries. It harmonizes well with coconut milk, especially with chicken or seafood, and there are countless Thai and Sri Lankan recipes exploiting this combination. The stemsare also used in teas or used in pickles and in flavouring marinades.
The grass is considered a diuretic, tonic and stimulant. It promotes good digestion, and a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. It induces perspiration, to cool the body and reduce a fever. It is well known a mild insect repellent (citronella) and the essential oil is used in perfumery.