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Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon is a genus of Australian, Asian, African and tropical island plants in the grass family.

Some species are commonly cultivated as culinary and medicinal herbs because of their scent, resembling that of lemons. Common names include lemon grass, lemongrass, barbed wire grass, silky heads, citronella grass, cha de Dartigalongue, fever grass, tanglad, hierba Luisa, or gavati chaha, amongst many others.

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Lemongrasscan also be used for flavoring tea and soups, and it adds fragrance to cosmetics, soaps, and homemade deodorizers.

It essential oil is used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, reduce body aches, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects and internally to help your digestive system.

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lemongrass-infused oil can be made easily, here are the steps

  • Take a few lemongrass stalks, seperate the outer layer, and crush them coarsely with a mortar and pestle. Infuse this in a jar of base oil (rice bran or olive oil) of your choice, and leave it in a warm, sunny place for 48 hours. Now, strain the oil.
  • You can repeat the process a few times to get a strong fragrance. Alternatively, you can slow-boil the stalks in the oil to instantly get the essential oil.

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