Lemongrass, also known as citronella, is a tropical island plant in the grass family and is so-named owing to its subtle lemon scent. Lemongrass has many applications, including its uses as flavoring in food and in Ayurvedic medicine.
Lemongrass is commonly taken orally, applied directly to the skin, or inhaled as aromatherapy for many different conditions. It might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. Lemongrass also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain and swelling, reduce fever, improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties.
The oils extracted from lemongrass may also be used as a mosquito repellant, as a preservative, and as a fragrance.
Fun fact: It may be used as a natural insecticide, grown alongside some vegetables (such as tomatoes and broccoli) to ward off insects (such as adult whiteflies).
Should you have any health concerns regarding lemongrass or citronella, please consult your doctor.