Lemongrass is incredibly popular in cooking, particularly Asian cuisine. Considering how delicious it is, it isn’t difficult to see why. However, despite being celebrated for it’s delicious flavor, lemongrass has a great deal more to offer the world. Check out some of the surprising benefits of the plant that you probably didn’t know about.
1. Insect Repellent
Strangely enough, not all of the benefits of lemongrass are health or beauty based. The plant is full of essential oils which have an array of benefits. Geranoil, borneol and citronellol in particular repel bugs, and the latter is the primary active ingredient in citronella candles.
2. Cancer Prevention
Lemongrass contains several different flavonoids that work as antioxidants which can help to prevent certain types of cancer. According to research published in the August 2012 issue of the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, one particular flavonoid called luteolin has the ability to slow the growth and hasten the death of certain types of cancer cells.
In addition, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, the essential oils in lemongrass can slow the growth of cancer cells in liver cancer, breast cancers and leukaemia in particular.
3. Digestive Aid
5. Periods and Cramps
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
7. Helps With Inflammation
8. Skin Health
9. Body Odor
10. Air Freshener
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