Health Benefits Of Citronella

Citronella is a tall and thin plant which is often seen in South Asian countries especially in the Philippines. Due to the fact that the smashed or cooked plant will emit some lemon smell, it is usually used as a type of cooking spices in many countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. In addition, people from Africa, Mexico and other Latin American countries also use this herb for tea drinking. The wide spread of this herb draw much attention from scientists for the characteristics of this plant. Recently, a medical study found that it can protect the human body against many types of bacteria and fungi.

Nowadays citronella is widely used as an analgesic herbal medicine for the treatment of muscle tension and spasm and mosquito bites, an anti-inflammatory drug, and an antibacterial and antifungal therapy for the treatment of various skin diseases. This herb can promote digestion, relieve fever and headache and reduce coughing. In addition, it can help alleviate symptoms of depression and improved mood for certain patients. Rubbing the smashed herb on the skin can stimulate the blood circulation and reduce the risk of inflammation. The antibacterial properties of this herb makes it an effective medicine in treating acne, rosacea and mosquito bites. Also, it can be used as an antifungal drug for treatment of tinea manuum and athlete’s foot. The herbal extract of this plant can be applied to an open wound to prevent serious infections.

The fresh leaves of this herb can be put in boiling water to make high quality tea. It is capable of reducing bloating, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive disorders. Patients suffering from fever can drink some citronella water for inducing sweating and thus lower the body temperature. People can also drink water soaked with citronella to alleviate some common disorders including colds, flu, vomiting and high blood pressure. Citronella is also believed to have antidepressant properties which may because of its citrus scent. Its special scent makes it be commonly used for essential oils for aromatherapy bath.

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