Health Benefits Of Citronella
As an common herbal medicine for treatment of mosquito bites or muscle tension and spasm, citronella is widely used in many countries due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is usually used by herbalists as a part of the antibacterial and antifungal therapy for treatment of various skin diseases. Moreover, this herb can facilitate digestion, relieve fever and headache and reduce coughing symptoms. It can also help to alleviate symptoms of depression and make us happy.
Another name of citronella is lemon grass and it is also known as lemon vanilla. It is a tall and thin plant native to South Asian countries especially in the Philippines. This plant can emit a trace of lemon smell when get mashed or cooked. In many countries like the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, it is also used as a type of spices for cooking purposes. In addition, it is used in many African and Latin American countries and it is usually consumed as a herbal tea. Due to its popularity all around the world, many scientists have a strong interest in the characteristics of this plant. A recent study found that citronella can protect the body against many types of bacteria and fungi.
As a typical topical herbal medicine, the lemon grass extract can help relieve pain, rheumatism, neuralgia and sprains for our body. Rubbing the extract on the skin can promote the blood circulation, reduce inflammation and even reduce cellulite. The antibacterial properties of this herb makes it effective in treating acne, rosacea and mosquito bites. Moreover, it can also be used as an antifungal drug in the treatment of tinea manuum and athlete’s foot. The extract of this herb can be applied to an open wound, and its antibacterial property can effectively prevent serious infections.
Fresh leaves of the lemon grass can also be used for boiling water, and drinking the water could reduce the risk of bloating, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive disorders. Regular consumption of lemon grass water can effectively reduce the possibility of various diseases include colds, flu, vomiting and high blood pressure. It is also believed that lemon grass tea has antidepressant effects which may because of its citrus scent.
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