Lemongrass, also known as Fever grass, Citronella is a tall, aromatic, tender perennial grass native to India and tropical Asia; it grows to a height of up to 2 metres. The leaves are long, linear, tapering towards the tip. As the name implies, lemon grass smells like lemon, however, it is much sweeter and tastes milder, is a good source of folate, vitamins as well as micro and macro elements, contains vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, & C and minerals including copper, iron, manganese and zinc. Apart from its culinary uses, lemongrass has a wide variety of therapeutic effects. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to brighten moods, as a digestive aid and to bring down fevers.
It is used in tea blends, for a thirst-quenching effect, treating stomachache, high blood pressure, fever, the and common cold. It can kill germs or serve as a mild astringent. Recent studies have also shown regular consumption of lemon grass may lower LDL cholesterol levels.