Stem and leaves.
The active constituents of lemon grass have an antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating effect.
* Lemongrass was traditionally used in India for fever, as a stimulating tonic and for infectious illnesses.
* Currently lemongrass is used for headaches, jet lag, fatigue, deodorants, sore throat, aching muscles, bruises and as a tonic, insect repellant and an antiseptic for cleaning. Lemongrass is also widely used in cosmetics.
* Lemongrass can be taken daily as a tea, steep dried or fresh lemongrass in boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes or until cold.
* Essential oil of lemongrass can be used with carrier oil (3 -5:100) and massaged onto the temples for headaches. 6 drops in a burner can help with fatigue and can clear the head.
* 3 drops of the essential oil can be used in a warm bath to refresh the body and mind and for minor skin irritations or wounds.
* Lemongrass essential oil can be used for sore throat and respiratory infection, use 6 drops in very hot water and inhale the vapors.
* A lemongrass compress applied to the affected area is useful for aches, sprains and jetlag. A few drops on a tissue and inhaled is also good for jetlag.
Do not use the essential oil undiluted on the skin as it may cause irritation.