Lemon grass

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Lemon Grass

The narrow, ribbon like, leafy fragrant stalks grow in clumps. The leaves swell slightly at the base to form a fleshy stolon. The sweet-sour lemony flavor of the leaves add zest to teas and marinade. The fleshy stolon is used in curries, fish dishes and Thai cooking. Medicinal.

Grass. H:1m W:0.8m. 12cm, 17cm.


 

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In the garden

Growth Characteristics:
• Perennial, Grass, Deciduous, Frost Sensitive,
• A clump-forming grass. The leaves swell slightly at the base to form a fleshy, edible stem,
• Plant it in a protected area in the garden.

Height:
•± 1.5m; Spread: ±80 cm.

Cultivation:
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil,

Harvesting:
• Pick fresh leaves and stems throughout the year.

 

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Culinary use

Use Lemon Grass leaves and stems with:
• Chicken, Fish, Pork,
• Asian dishes,
• Curries, Soups, Marinades,
• Whole pieces of stem can be used for flavouring dishes and then removed before serving,
• Infuse for a refreshing tea.

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Fragrance

• Uplifting, lemon - citronella fragrance.
• Use in Potpoutti and Herbal sachets.
• Add a strong infusion to bathwater.

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Cosmetic use

• Use as a facial cleanser to clean oily skin.

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Health benefits

Lemon Grass may be beneficial in the following cases:

Endocrine System
• Stress: strengthens the adrenal system, which is weakened by stress.

Skin
• Topical for ringworm, lice, athlete's foot, scabies.

Lymphatic System
• Gently strengthens the immune system.

Respiratory System
• Minor feverish conditions.

Digestive system
• Indigestion.

Musculo / Skeletal System
• Topical for arthritis.

Preparation and dosage:
TEA:
• Infuse a tablespoon of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes,
• Drink up to 3 cups per day,.

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Insect repellant

Repellant for:
• Crushed leaves act as a general insect repellant,
• Use in insect sprays.