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Lemon grass (scientific name: Cymbopogon) is a Poaceae plant that grows 1-2 meters high. There are about 55 different species belonging to this species. It is naturally grown in warm and tropical regions (South East Asia, Africa) but its ease of cultivation and its many uses (requiring only a lot of light and water) has contributed to its distribution throughout the world.
Lemon grass is very common as a lemongrass herb in many kitchens in the world, including Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam), Latin America (Mexico), Africa (Togo, Congo), the Caribbean and more.
Uses of lemon grass plant
Its fleshy stalk is used for cooking soups, chicken dishes, fish and vegetables. And the jagged and leaves cuts with lemon taste are used for tea infusions. Can be used as a dried plant, as powder or in its fresh form.
Apart from its common use as a spice, thanks to its good lemon flavor, lemon grass has many medicinal properties:
- LemonGrass herb tea is used to calm the digestive system (this is probably the reason for its many uses in many kitchens, in addition to its excellent taste), to soothe pain and insomnia.
- Essential oil is produced from the lemon grass by distilling the vapors is yellowish color and has a sour smell and taste.
Uses of lemongrass essential oil
- Cosmetics – It is used in soaps, creams, deodorants, shampoos, perfume (especially suitable for skin care and oily hair) because of its pleasant smell and its antiseptic, anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Can also be added as bath oil.
Massage – Users take advantage of its properties to soothe pain (mainly nerve pain), strengthen muscles and blood vessels.
- Burner – added to the burner both because it has a pleasant smell, its disinfection ability and its ability to repel insects and mosquitoes.
- Chemically, the Essential oil contains many substances, the main material (about 75%) is the Citral. Citral is a mixture of two isomers: Greniel – with a strong smell, and a nerl – smelling milder and sweeter. The citral is responsible for its healing properties.
- Healing – The medicinal properties of lemon grass, known in folk medicine and alternative medicine, have been studied extensively and supported by many studies. Anti-fungal infections have been studied and confirmed in several studies [3-5] and, in addition, the use of its antifungal properties has had a positive effect on HIV-positive research . Anti-bacterial properties . And anti-microbial, 
Lemon grass and future treatment of cancer?
A good effect was also observed in cancer research [9-10], as well as in a recent study at Ben-Gurion University, ISRAEL  that found that the oils of herbs such as lemon grass, Louisa and Melissa, (Citral), kills cancer cells in vitro and does not harm normal cells. The research was conducted by a group of researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University, headed by Dr. Rivka Ofir, Prof. Jacob Weinstein, and Dr. Nativ Dudai of the Aromatherapy Department at the Neve Ya’ar Center.
The researchers found that Citral causes the cancer cells to “commit suicide” in a mechanism called programmed cell death. To test the effect of Citral on cancer cells, the researchers added it to cancer cells and normal cells grown in culture in test tubes. The substance is added in a concentration similar to that found in a regular cup of tea. The results show that the Citral activates a self-destruct mechanism inside the cancer cell that causes the cell to break down the chromosomes in the nucleus and death of the cell. Prof. Weinstein says that “the quantities of material in the study known to us are very small, and the substance is found in high concentrations in lemongrass, and if tea is made from these plants, the active ingredients concentration in the beverage will be high.” “We do not know, still, if it is active against cancerous tissue in the body,” Weinstein said.
Lavender products containing lemon grass oil
- Fresh body cream – a body moisturizer with a delicate texture and light lemon aroma
- Quiet head – for treatment and prevention of lice
- Blitush – to remove mosquito bites
- Lemon Grass Deodorant – a natural deodorant without aluminum
All that is written on the site is based on the opinion of the writers and their best experience and is not a substitute for a medical opinion.
*  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, – the entries “Lemon Grass” and “Zitral”.
•  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. “Cymbopogon”.
•  Irkin R, Korukluoglu M .; “Effectiveness of Cymbopogon citratus L. essential oil to inhibit the growth of some filamentous fungi and yeasts”; J Med Food. 2009 Feb; 12 (1): 193-7.
•  Prasad CS, Shukla R, Kumar A, Dubey NK .; “In vitro and in vivo antifungal activity of essential oils of Cymbopogon martini and Chenopodium ambrosioides and their synergism against dermatophytes”; Mycoses. 2009 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print].
•  Shadab, Q., Hanif, M. & Chaudhary, F.M .. (1992) Antifungal activity by lemongrass essential oils. Pak. J. Sci. Ind. Res. 35, 246-249.
•  Wright SC, Maree JE, Sibanyoni M .; “Treatment of oral thrush in HIV / AIDS patients with lemon juice and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and gentian violet”; Phytomedicine. 2009 Mar; 16 (2-3): 118-24.
•  Warnke PH, Becker ST, Potschun R, Sivananthan S, Springer IN, Russo PA, Wiltfang J, Fickenscher H, Sherry E .; “The battle against multi-resistant strains: Renaissance of antimicrobial essential oils as a promising force to fight hospital-acquired infections”; J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2009 May 25. [Epub ahead of print].
•  Duan J, Zhao Y. “Antimicrobial efficiency of essential oil and freeze-thaw treatments against Escherichia coli O157: H7 and Salmonella enterica Ser. Enteritidis in strawberry juice.”; J Food Sci. 2009 Apr; 74 (3).
 Suaeyun R, Kinouchi T, Arimochi H, Vinitketkumnuen U, Ohnishi Y.; “Inhibitory effects of lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus Stapf) on formation of azoxymethane-induced DNA adducts and aberrant crypt foci in the rat colon”. Carcinogenesis. 1997 May;18(5):949-55.
 Sharma PR, Mondhe DM, Muthiah S, Pal HC, Shahi AK, Saxena AK, Qazi GN.;” Anticancer activity of an essential oil from Cymbopogon flexuosus”; Chem Biol Interact. 2009 May 15;179(2-3):160-8. 2008 Nov 14
 LemonGrass for cancer treatment, Haarez.