Lemongrass or the local tanglad (scientific name: Cymbopogon ciatrus) is one of those wondrous herbs that one can always associate with Asian cooking. Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese homegrown meal enthusiasts always have this tropical grass at hand for its aromatic citrus flavor with a trace of ginger. Few people know that its other popular name is citronella - the common scent you usually find in candles, perfumes and soaps. Citronella is known for its calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. It is also considered as a mild insect repellent But more than scent, tanglad or lemon grass provides a lot of health benefits.
The Lemongrass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the Liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. Also, it can reduce blood pressure. Just make a concoction by boiling some lemon grass leaves, let it cool for a while and drink the liquid.
Lemongrass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner. Lemongrass is a very efficient stimulant, helping body and mind to be relieved from exhaustion. It is a tonic and boosting oil which help to recover faster from illnesses or tiredness. It is efficient with stomach issues and improves appetite. It is also good in relieving muscles pain and stimulating blood circulation.
A recent study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the department of Science and technology ( DOST ) claims that every 100g of edible tanglad when boiled can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene, the anti-oxidant that scientists believe can help prevent cancer. Another DOST study shows that lemongrass oil has the potential as a tropical eye medication against keratomycosis, an inflammation of cornea often associated with burning or blurring of vision.