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Looks like a ball of grass. The citrus-flavored blades (leaves) can be used in tea or soup, even dried and frozen or powdered. Roots can be chopped into stir fry or made into paste. Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial insect repellent, loosens mucus, coughs, colds, sinus congestion, cramps, stress. Drink tea before bed to induce sleep.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Cymbopogon citratus), a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Gramineae. The stems are multiple and fruticose, forming thick, strong turf. The leaves, which are linear and stiff, are pale green with a reddish tint. The inflorescence is paniculate and loose, with a few spikes. The spikelets are dichromatic. Lemongrass is cultivated in the tropics and subtropics for its essential oil. It does not appear to grow wild. In the USSR it is grown on the shores of the Black Sea. Fresh lemongrass yields an essential oil, with the fragrance of lemon (hence the name of the plant). The oil contains citral, geraniol, and other substances. It is used by the perfume and food industries; the oil also serves as a repellent against mosquitoes, tsetse flies, and other insects.

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Cymbopogoncitratus also known as lemon grass is a herb which belongs to family Poaceae.
Dr Urooj said, as there is no specific medicine or vaccination for dengue, it can be better treated by using juices and lemon grass while people should also grow mint plant and merry gold flower in their houses to help boost immunity for fighting the virus.
He prepared for us the most delicious tea of lemon grass, lemon leaf, ginger, mint and galangal (similar to ginger, but with a stronger taste).
This study was, therefore, conducted to assess suitability of different soybean varieties cultivated in Tanzania for soymilk production and further investigate the effect of blending with pineapple, banana, lemon grass, and honey or sugar on acceptability of the resulting blends.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of lemon juice and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) in the treatment of oral thrush in HIV/AIDS patients when compared with the control group using gentian violet aqueous solution 0.5%.
Bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalinal, Senna alata and lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) in the families Asteraceae, Fabaceae and Poeceae respectively are widely grown and used in different parts of Nigeria mainly for food, ornamental plants and in traditional health care services (Oliver-Bever, 1986; Sofowora, 1982, Iwu, 1993).
Now cut the lemon grass lengthwise and add half to the peanut sauce, and continue to cook until the flavours are infused, then remove from heat, strain and keep warm.
As for Part D, a.k.a., "Part Doughnut Hole," no one has as yet been able to comprehend it, though it seems to work fine for people who are willing to substitute shark cartilage and lemon grass tea for prescription drugs.
As the name implies, the operation serves two purposes: one is the distillation of essential oils from lemon grass and rose geranium grown in the area by local farmers, and the other is the extraction of the active chemical ingredient of the indigenous lippia javanica traditionally used in the region to repel mosquitoes.
Enjoy Pan-Roasted Scallops with Ginger and Lemon Grass or Buffalo-Style Pizza in a fine gathering.
Ginger and lemon grass are easy to grow as are pak choi, Chinese cabbages, Thai basil, galangal, mizuna and squashes, he says.