Cymbopogon citratus, commonly known as lemon grass or oil grass, is a tropical plant from Southeast Asia which is often sold in stem form. Its leaves are used to make tea which can relieve stomach and gut problems. It can also act as an antidepressant and as a mood enhancer.
As a spice, fresh lemon grass is preferred for its vibrant flavour, but is also sold in dried form. The dried spice is available in several forms: chopped in slices, cut and sifted, powdered, or as oil can be extracted from the plant.
It is widely used in savoury dishes and meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable curries. It harmonizes well with coconut milk, especially with chicken or seafood. The stems are also used in teas or used in pickles and in flavouring marinades.
Medicinal uses :
In the folk medicine of Brazil it is believed to have anxiolytic, hypnotic and anticonvulsant properties, but at least one study has found no effect on humans. It has cytoprotective, antioxidant and, anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemony with hints of ginger.
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