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Locally known as ‘Ganjan or gavti cha’
Lemon grass has been used traditionally for its medicinal properties. The fresh as well as the dry grass blades are used. Nutritionally it is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folate; it also contains good amounts of minerals like magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, copper, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. The high iron content makes it useful to treat anaemia. This herb has been used to treat flu, cold and fever. A herbal tea made from lemon grass helps sooth a sore throat. Lemon grass has diuretic properties. It helps relieve water retention, edema and helps clear lymphatic congestion. It helps detoxify and purify blood and also helps cleanse the liver, kidneys and promotes blood circulation. It helps strengthen the immune system
Lemon grass has been used to treat conditions like arthritis, gout and inflammation of the urinary tract. It promotes digestive health and has been used to treat gastritis and heartburn. Lemon
grass is also
said to have anti-cholesterol and anti-arthrosclerosis action. It thus maintains cholesterol levels and promotes heart health.
It has anti-cancer properties; it improves skin health and can also help with weight loss.