|Name: Lemon grass
Name: Andropogon citratus
Names: Lemon grass, Gandhatrana, Hari-chaha, Bhutrin
Aginghas, Bhustrina, Chae-Kashmiri,
Chayapul, Chippagaddi, Gandha bela, Gandha-Bena, Gavatichaha,
ginger-grass, Karpoorpul, Lilicha, Majjige-hullu, Mikkotiu, Nimmagaddi,
Olancha, Patichachaha, Penguin, Purhali- hullu, Rosha grass, Sugandhichaha,
sweet-rush, Takratrani, Vasanapulla, Vashanup-pulla
This herb grows wild in gardens in India, Sri Lanka and other
tropics. Its oil is used in aromatherapy.
Used: herb, essential oil
Volatile oil: The main
constituent of lemon-grass oil is the substance citrol or citral, which occurs in it in quantities varying from about 70 %
up to 85 % or more. The oil is obtained by distillation from fresh plant.
Stimulant, diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic
Oil is carminative and tonic.
For Fevers: Use with with ginger, sugar,
cinnamon. You can also use a tea or decoction made from the leaves as a diaphoretic in fever.
For disordered menstruation,
for congestive and neuralgic forms of dysmnorrhoea, for dropsical conditions caused by chronic
malaria: Use herb with black pepper.
For vomiting and diarrhea: It is carminative and tonic to the intestinal mucous
For colic, flatulence, fever, catarrh:
Use an infusion of leaves with pudina, black-pepper, dried ginger and sugarcandy.
The lemon-grass oil is useful as a carminative in flatulent and spasmodic affections of the bowels, colic,
and gastric irritability. It is also used in treating cholera with obstinate vomiting,
by controlling vomiting and aiding the process of reaction. Use 3 to 6
drops of lemongrass oil on a piece of sugar cube or in emulsion.
For painful affections - lumbago, chronic rheumatism, neuralgia, sprains,
etc.: Mix lemongrass oil with an equal quantity of pure coconut oil. Use
it externally as an embrocation or liniment.
infusion of the leaves (1 in 5) and
decoction of leaves (4 ozs of the grass to 1 pint of boiling water)
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