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Lemongrass: Cancer Fighter

February 04, 2022 5 min read

Lemongrass: Cancer Fighter

The Miraculous Benefits Of Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus is known around the globe as lemongrass or “fever grass.” The leaves are thin and linear in its nature.  Lemongrass is found abundantly in Asian countries and in the Caribbean islands. Lemongrass smells like a lemon but is sweeter in taste and has a distinct mesmerizing aroma. Because of its captivating fragrance, it is also used as an ingredient in many soaps, perfumes, and cosmetic product. It is also widely used in the preservation of seafood dishes, meats, and poultry items.

If you’re from the Virgin Islands and reading this post, you know lemongrass tea was the morning tradition. Now that I am older, I can appreciate it’s smooth aromatic taste. But my appreciation for this herb goes beyond taste and aromatic pleasure. Lemongrass has a plethora of health benefits.

 

It Is A Natural Herb And Can Be Used For The Treatment Of Various Diseases.

Numerous research studies have shown that lemongrass oil provides resistance against several cancers. There are several phytoconstituents present in this oil which mostly contains esters, ketones, tarpenes, and compounds made of phenol. These features help in protecting against various health diseases.

Back in a 2005 study, Ben Gurion University of the Negev discovered that the lemon aroma in herbs like lemon grass kills cancer cells in vitro, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

The research team was led by Dr. Rivka Ofir and Prof. Yakov Weinstein, incumbent of the Albert Katz Chair in Cell-Differentiation and Malignant Diseases, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at BGU.

Citral is the key component that gives the lemony aroma and taste in several herbal plants such as lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus), melissa (Melissa officinalis) and verbena (Verbena officinalis.)

According to Ofir, the study found that citral causes cancer cells to “commit suicide: using apoptosis, a mechanism called programmed cell death.” A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough citral to prompt the cancer cells to commit suicide in the test tube.

List Of Benefits That Can Be Obtained Using Lemongrass Oil

  • Destructive for harmful pathogens
  • Stops fungi damage
  • Inflammation reduction
  • It provides protection against DNA damage
  • Prevents  malaria
  • Balances cholesterol levels
  • Provides healthy sleep patterns

But most impressive, is Lemongrass oil’s ability to fight cancer. It actually helps in destroying cancer cells. As stated by a prominent researcher,

“All the result suggest lemongrass oil and citral emulsion could be considered as potential candidates for anticancer agents.”

Uses Of Lemongrass Essential Oil

As it has been seen in laboratory studies this oil has a potential to anticancer. This oil also has several other benefits also.

  • It can be used as citrus in seasoning
  • Can be used for making tea
  • Can be used for making air fresheners
  • Used in soaps and shampoos and serve as antiseptic
  • Used as a mosquito repellent
  • Helps in improving sleep and reduction in anxiety
  • Used for massage of muscles
  • Helps in against headache

We will briefly explain these points.

 Lemongrass – An Aromatic Healer:

Lemongrass contains cancer prevention agents, flavonoids and phenolic mixes, for example, luteolin, glycosides, quercetin, kaempferol, elemicin, catechol, chlorogenic corrosive, and caffeic corrosive, which help in providing an impressive range of medicinal aids. The principal part of this fragrant herb is lemonal or citral, which has antifungal and hostile to microbial characteristics.

Lowers Cholesterol:

Lemongrass fights against hyperlipidemia and unfriendly to hypercholesterolemia properties that help strong cholesterol levels. 

Anticancer Potential:

Lemongrass might be viable in avoiding the development of malignant growth cells without influencing the sound cells of the body. Research led to survey the anticancer action of lemongrass has indicated promising results in the anticipation of skin malignant growth. This is mostly a direct result of of a substance compound called citral.

Respiratory Disorders:

Lemongrass is broadly utilized in Ayurveda prescription for its recuperating impacts in treating the cold. Along side other gainful segments, the nutrient C content present in it might help in giving alleviation from nasal blockages, influenza and other respiratory scatters, for example, bronchial asthma.

Reduces Fever:

Lemongrass is a febrifuge otherwise called the fever grass because of its advantageous impacts in bringing down fever. The antipyretic and diaphoretic impact is widely utilized in Ayurvedic medication for restoring fevers by prompting perspiring.

Helps Treat Infections:

Lemongrass is successful in treating contaminations, for example, ringworm, wounds, Athlete’s Foot, scabies, and urinary tract diseases (UTI), due to its antimicrobial and anti-contagious properties. Studies have demonstrated that the herb applies to lessen the consequences of dermatological diseases, for example, yeast contaminations, by repressing the development of pathogens. Another examination gives supporting evidence that showed the feasibility of lemongrass over thyme, patchouli, and cedarwood oil in the treatment of various ailments, for instance, oral or vaginal candidiasis.

Reduces Aches:

Lemongrass may ease the torment and distress brought about by cerebral pains and headaches because of its pain-relieving properties. The phytonutrients present in soothing fits, muscle issues, sprains, and spinal pains. It is likewise important in treating sports wounds, including disengagements, interior wounds, and wounds.

Nervous System:

Lemongrass is nervine and is viewed as a tonic for the material structure. It breathes life into the psyche and partners in doing combating fits, dread, vertigo, and unmistakable neuronal disperses. It is utilized in restorative showers, which help with quieting the nerves and helping the side effects of uneasiness and exhaustion accomplished by weight.

Type-2 Diabetes:

Lemongrass has been appeared to have useful ramifications for treating type-2 diabetes. A creature ponder demonstrates that the citral present in lemongrass may help keep up ideal dimensions of insulin and improve the resistance of glucose in the body. Be that as it may, more research should be directed on humans to really understanding the impacts.

Relieves Pain & Inflammation:

Lemongrass is viable in easing the agony and uneasiness brought about my ailment. It tends to be connected topically on both lumbago and sprains and aides in soothing neuralgia.

Boosts Immunity:

Lemongrass removes beneficially affect the provocative activities of cytokines, which are the flagging atoms through which the cells convey and react to the body. Studies have demonstrated that lemongrass applies calming activity and its constituent, Citral, might be the reason for its inhibitory impact on cytokine creation.

Skin Care:

Lemongrass has been cherished as a skin tonic and makes a successful chemical for slick or skin inflammation inclined skin, because of its astringent and germ-free characteristics.  It helps in fortifying the skin tissues and conditioning up to the pores while likewise sanitizing them. Care ought to be taken while utilizing lemongrass items, as the undiluted application may prompt dermal disturbance sometimes.

Lemongrass affects lymphatic blockage and alleviates the swelling. 

Aromatherapy:

Lemongrass comprises of advantageous fixings, most strikingly fundamental oils, for example, neroli, Citronellol, myrcene, dipentene, Geraniol, and methyl heptenone. These have antifungal, insecticidal, and germicide properties. Lemongrass oil is broadly utilized in aromatherapy due to its remedial impacts, which help in reviving the body.

The cooling impact of lemongrass oil is valuable for the body amid sweltering climate and advances the recovery of both the brain and emotions. This oil has astringent and conditioning characteristics that help stimulate blood flow and tone up the dermal tissues. It is additionally thought to help in fixing, elevating, and firming sagging skin.

Reduces Obesity:

Lemongrass contains citral, which has been demonstrated to be viable against obesity. It diminishes the collection of stomach fat and advances the utilization of putting away vitality, which helps in forestalling diet-actuated weight gain. It helps in solid digestion and improves the oxidation of unsaturated fats in the body.

Conclusion:

Lemongrass tea was a staple in my childhood home and continues to be a staple in my home today.  Adding Lemongrass to your diet is an act of love that will saturate you in wellness. So consider making a fresh cup, of wild lemongrass tea and incorporating lemongrass essential oil into your health and wellness regimen.