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Lemongrass - Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon grass originates from Southern India and Sri Lanka. It has long been characteristic of Far Eastern Cuisines. It has found it’s place in Gourmet dishes as well as fragrant toiletries around the world. Apart from culinary and cosmetic uses, Lemon grass has an array of medicinal properties.

To increase your stock of Lemon grass, divide it by pulling apart sections. Potted Lemon grass should be divided every two years. It makes a good companion plant with sweet potatoes, peppers, brinjals and tomatoes. Lemon grass requires full sun.

Uses :

Culinary :

  • Delicious as a tea.
  • The chopped base of the leaf cluster is used in Thai cooking.
  • Delicious with cheese, egg and fish dishes
  • Flavouring for marinades, oils, sauces and stir fries.


  • Lemon grass stimulates cell regeneration.
  • Soothes intestinal infections
  • A strong infusion can be used as a deodorant.
  • Soothes fever, colitis, digestive upset, muscular pain,poor circulation,skin ailments and stress related conditions.

Cosmetic :

  • Useful for treating most skin ailments.’
  • Athlete’s foot
  • foot bath and massage.
  • Essential Oil diluted in carried oil, will deter mosquitoes, ticks, fleas.

Gardening : 

  • Lemon grass insect repelling spray can be used on insect infected plants.
  • Watered over beds where seeds will be sown, to protect them from predators.
  • Soak pea and bean seed in  Lemon grass tea to have bumper crops.
  • Rub the inside of your hive when baiting bees.