THE WON­DROUS HERB

Fuel your healthy life­style with lemon­grass.

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Which­ever name it goes by, there’s no mis­tak­ing its par­tic­u­larly dis­tinc­tive scent that con­jures up im­ages of a day of re­lax­ation at the spa! But more than that, you’ll find it aplenty in Asian cook­ing, in­fus­ing dishes with a mel­low cit­rusy zing and adding depth to flavours. The best part? You can eas­ily get it in wet mar­kets and gro­cery stores – of­ten sold in bun­dles at an af­ford­able price.

1 GROW YOUR OWN

When you’re get­ting fresh stems from the su­per­mar­ket, se­lect those that have a light brown base. Next, place the ends in a glass or jar of water – be pa­tient and change the water weekly. It may take sev­eral weeks but once a good root sys­tem has formed, place your plant in a pot with soil mix and trim the tops of each stem. You’ll need to water it well and place it where there’s plenty of sun­shine!

2 RE­LAX AND RE­JU­VE­NATE

There’s some­thing in­her­ently soothing about the way the scent of lemon­grass per­me­ates the air, which ex­plains why spas tend to use it as an es­sen­tial oil in treat­ments. If you’ve been feel­ing tensed lately, why not make some of your own? Just wash sev­eral stalks and peel their outer lay­ers. You’ll then cut them into seg­ments, be­fore crush­ing them with a pes­tle, re­leas­ing the oil. Store it in a small bot­tle; our favourite way to use it is by in­fus­ing a bowl of boil­ing water with two to three drops and in­hal­ing the steam deeply.

3 TUMMY SOOTHER

The next time you’re feel­ing dis­com­fort from in­di­ges­tion, bloat or heart­burn, boil some stalks of lemon­grass and gin­ger in water to make a soothing cup of tea. For a more en­joy­able drink, add honey! Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Food Re­search Jour­nal, it’s chock­full of an­tiox­i­dants and ex­hibits anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

4 HEALTH BOOST

The Euro­pean Jour­nal of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ences re­ports that lu­te­olin, a flavonoid found in lemon­grass, may be able to not only slow down the growth of se­lect types of cancer cells, but speed up their death as well. In ad­di­tion to this, lu­te­olin ex­hibits such pow­er­ful an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties, it’s claimed to treat sev­eral symp­toms of mul­ti­ple sclero­sis and lung in­fec­tions.

5 RE­PELS IN­SECTS

No, you aren’t imag­in­ing the scent when you use in­sect re­pel­lents! As pub­lished by the jour­nal Par­a­site, a study proved that the smell of lemon­grass is able to de­ter mos­qui­toes and sta­ble flies. To make your own in­sect shield, fill a spray bot­tle with warm water and add as many drops of lemon­grass oil as you like – the more drops, the stronger the scent. But if you’re strug­gling with swells from bug bites, soothe some of the oil over them and let its anti-in­flam­ma­tory magic do its work.

6 STINK NO MORE

Given its anti-bac­te­rial prop­er­ties, it’s a great way to go nat­u­ral with your de­odor­ant! Com­bine drops of l lemon­grass oil with vir­gin co­conut oil as the lat­ter has been shown to have an­ti­fun­gal and an­timi­cro­bial prop­er­tie prop­er­ties – boost­ing this con­coc­tion’s ef­fi­cacy. Then, just slather it onto your un­der­arms and wait a few min­utes for it to dry b be­fore putting on your clothes. As this mix­ture does not con­tain chem­i­cals, do note that it works to stop only the odour and not per­spi­ra­tion. If you want an an­tipersp an­tiper­spi­rant, try adding the oil to bak­ing soda in­stead!

7 SCRUBBED CLEAN

Suf­fer­ing from a case of back acne or skin ir­ri­ta­tions? Why not mak make your own lux­u­ri­ous scrub that will be g gen­tle enough on the skin, but still give you that all-over glow. Salt may stin sting if you have nicks and cuts from sh shav­ing or epi­lat­ing, so opt for su­gar in in­stead. Be­sides a few drops of lemong lemon­grass oil, add other oils of your choice t to keep skin sup­ple – choose from co co­conut, jo­joba or berg­amot.

8 TONE UP

If this works on your body, imag­ine the plethora of ben­e­fits your face will yield from it! Try work­ing its amaz­ing prop­er­ties into some of your DIY masks, such as adding a few drops into raw honey for a mix­ture that will mois­turise and brighten your skin. But for a soothing treat on a hot day, boil some lemon­grass water and empty the con­tents into a spray bot­tle. Just chuck it into the fridge and use when needed as a cool­ing toner.

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