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Lemongrass contains substances that are thought to relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood.
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Early research suggests that applying a lemongrass oil solution to the hair reduces dandruff in some people.
Early research suggests that taking lemongrass oil by mouth does not reduce cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Early research suggests that applying lemongrass oil to the skin can decrease pain in adults with RA. However, more research is needed to know if this is more than just a placebo effect.
Yeast infection in the mouth (thrush).
Early research suggests that drinking lemongrass tea decreases symptoms of thrush in people with HIV/AIDS.
Stomach and intestinal cramps.
High blood pressure.
Pain and swelling.
Achy joints (rheumatism).
Use as an antiseptic and astringent.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lemongrass for these uses.
1. It has antioxidant properties
According to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, lemongrass contains several antioxidants, which can help scavenge free radicals in your body that may cause disease. Antioxidants of note are chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin. These antioxidants may help prevent dysfunction of cells inside your coronary arteries.
2. It has antimicrobial properties
Lemongrass tea may help treat oral infections and cavities, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. According to a 2012 in vitro study published by the National Institutes of Health, lemongrass essential oil showed antimicrobial abilities against Streptococcus mutans bacteria, the bacteria most responsible for tooth decay.
Further research found lemongrass oil and silver ions may work together against several types of bacteria and fungus in vitro.
3. It has anti-inflammatory properties
Inflammation is thought to play a role in many conditions, including heart disease and stroke. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, two of the main compounds in lemongrass, citral and geranial, are thought to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
These compounds are said to help stop the release of certain inflammation-causing markers in your body.
4. It may reduce your cancer risk
The citral in lemongrass is also thought to have potent anticancer abilities against some cancer cell lines. Several components of lemongrass help fight cancer. This occurs either by causing cell death directly or boosting your immune system so that your body is better able to fight-off cancer on its own.
Lemongrass tea is sometimes used as an adjuvant therapy during chemotherapy and radiation. It should only be used under the guidance of an oncologist.
5. It may help promote healthy digestion
A cup of lemongrass tea is a go-to alternative remedy for upset stomach, stomach cramping, and other digestive problems. A 2012 study on rodents published by the National Institutes of HealthTrusted Source showed that lemongrass may also be effective against gastric ulcers.
The study found that the essential oil of lemongrass leaves can help protect the stomach lining against damage from aspirin and ethanol. Regular aspirin use is a common cause of gastric ulcers.
There isn’t enough research on lemongrass tea to recommend a standard dosage for any condition. For dosing recommendations, consult your doctor or a qualified natural health practitioner.
To limit your risk of side effects, start with one cup daily. If you tolerate this well, you can drink more. Stop drinking the tea or cut back if you experience side effects.
To make lemongrass tea:
- Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 3 teaspoons fresh or dried lemongrass
- Steep for at least five minutes
- Strain the tea
- Enjoy hot or add ice cubes for iced lemongrass tea
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