It is also known as lemongrass plant, barbed wire grass, silky heads, Cochin grass, Malabar grass, oily heads or fever grass, is a genus of Asian, African, Australian, and tropical island plants in the grass family. Some species (particularly Cymbopogon citratus) are commonly cultivated as culinary and medicinal herbs because of their scent, resembling that of lemons (Citrus limon). The name cymbopogon derives from the Greek words kymbe (κύμβη, ‘boat’) and pogon (πώγων, ‘beard’) “which mean [that] in most species, the hairy spikelets project from boat-shaped spathes.”
Lemongrass plant might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. This plant also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties.
- Relieving anxiety
- Controling cholesterol level
- Preventing infection
- Boosting oral health
- Relieving pain
- This plant will survive outside throughout winter, temperatures will need to remain above 40° F, with little fluctuation in temperature.
- This plant is perfect to set in a bright sunny window or an unshaded area of your garden if you want to keep it outside. Lemongrass will need plenty of bright sunlight even in winter.
- Growing lemongrass to use as an herb, then cutting it back for use in your cooking will help to keep the plant from growing excessively.