Why is Lemongrass good for you?
Lemongrass is good for several reasons:
- Analgesic: Lemongrass is a painkiller. Studies done on mice showed intraperitoneal and subcutaneous injections of lemongrass and myrcene inhibited acetic acid-induced writhing in mice. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist blocked the antinociception in the mice suggesting that analgesic effect may be the result of the release of analgesia opioids. Oral administration of lemongrass resulted in a dose dependent analgesia. The analgesic effect did not cause tolerance on repeated injections in rats
Anthelmintic: expels parasitic worms and other internal parasites in the body.
Antibacterial: Some examples that lemongrass has activity against are Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Salmonella enterica (Salmonella) and Klebsiella pneumoniae (Gut bacteria), also against common respiratory tract pathogens like Haemophilus influenzae (which causes influenza related diseases), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus aureus, staphylococcus aereus. Try making a Sorrel drink. It is a combination of: roselle calyx aqueous extract, orange or pineapple juice, and lemon grass)
Insecticide and insect repellent effects: Lemongrass has been shown to have insect repellent effects. Various studies have shown lemongrass oil to be effective at repelling insects for two to three hours. Studies have shown that lemongrass oil is an effective insecticide against various insects like dust mites, termites, and ticks. (Use our Lemongrass Tea Bird Tea Teabags on your legs to heal scars and mosquito and insect bites).
Antifungal effects: Lemongrass has been shown to have antifungal properties in laboratory studies.
Anticancer effects: Cymbopogan citratus Stapf was found to have anti-mutogenic properties in a Salmonella mutation assay. Citral, extracted from Cymbopogan citratus, induced death apoptosis, DNA fragmentation, and caspase-3 catalytic activity in several hematopoietic cancer cell lines in anther study. In rats, lemongrass extract was administered before inducing DNA adducts and aberrant crypt foci. The lemongrass treatment significantly inhibited the DNA adduct formation and aberrant crypt formation in the colon. However, in a study in rats with induced hepatocarcinogenesis, lemongrass extract had only an inhibitory effect on the early phase of hepatocarcinogenesis. Limonene, a constituent of lemongrass, is also being tested for its antitumor activity.
Anti-inflammatory effects: In a pharmacological study in mice, anti-inflammatory properties of Lemongrass oil were shown to suppress the leukocyte recruitment into the peritoneal cavity by inhibiting neutrophil accumulation. In another study, 0.0125 to 0.1% lemongrass oil suppressed neutrophil activation by tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in vitro.
Antimalarial effects: Studies in mice have shown that lemongrass is effective against the malaria parasite.
Antioxidant effects: Lemongrass oil has been evaluated for its antioxidant properties. Citral, a main constituent of lemongrass oil, has been given to rats orally at 60mg/kg for one week. Then nickel chloride, a known mutagen, was given intraperitoneally to induce nuclear damage. Citral significantly inhibited the formation of micronuclei induced by nickel when the antioxidant activity of citral was tested in vitro. An EC50 of 19µg/mL was observed in the superoxide scavenging activity for citral, suggesting an anti-clastogenic effect of citral against nickel chloride.
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