Cymbopogon citratusn: Fevergrass /Lemongrass, is the most commonly used species of over 55 species of the Fevergrass family. It is grown best in tropical climate of the Caribbean, United States, Asia and other regions of the world. Lemongrass/Fevergrass has a potent, aromatic, pleasant lemon smell.

In the Tropics it is a perennial herb which grows back annually. This pungent odor is very repelling to mosquitoes and other insects, but pleasant to human smell. It is commonly named Fevergrass in the Caribbean for its primary use in reducing fever by excretion and sweating.

Cymbopogon Citratusn one species of Fevergrass/ Lemongrass is researched for many years for the medicinal or health promotional benefits. A 2012 in-vitro study published by the National Institute of Health, (a trusted source), noted that lemongrass essential oil showed antimicrobial properties. A health beneficial use in tooth decay, is a common recommendation.

The Citral and Geranial phyto-chemicals found in the herb are thought to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory anti-microbial benefits. These compounds are said to help stop the release of certain inflammation-causing markers in your body. Studies suggest that the best health benefits effects are achieved when consuming beverage made from the stalks (stems) of lemongrass. The” Citral” found in lemongrass is similar to the ingredient found in citrus peel. This is suggested to have anti-tumor benefits by reducing the cellular replication of unwanted cellular growth.

Several antioxidants are found in the plant. Lemongrass has proven health benefits as a scavenger of free radicals in the body to promote self-healing benefits. This occurs by boosting one’s immune system to fight off unwanted illnesses.

According to a small-scale study in the Journal of Renal Nutrition (JRN), drinking lemongrass tea increases urine output. This diuretic effect of the herb promotes excretion of excess sodium from the body and may lower Blood Pressure in the process. This process is beneficial for cardiac as well as urinary health.