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Pagès has chosen to use Lemongrass in several of its herbal infusions. Its acidulous taste reminiscent of Lemon brings a great freshness to our creations. Lemongrass is also a plant with many virtues.
Lemongrass, a herbaceous plant with many virtues and an original taste
ORIGINS OF CITRONELLA
Lemongrass has been used for a very long time on the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka. Its exact origins are unknown, however, this plant has been used for different purposes in various countries. In the West Indies, it is a traditional remedy used to reduce fever. In Africa, civilizations use it to treat diseases such as tuberculosis or malaria. In tropical countries, its purpose is to keep insects away from homes. People plant it around their homes to avoid unwanted guests.
There are several species of Lemongrass: Cymbopogon schoenanthus was used by nomads in the Sahara to make phytotherapeutic infusions. They called it "Straw of Mecca". Another species, Cymbopogon giganteus, was also used as an infusion to control yellow fever. It was found in the Sudanese savannah and the people called it Tiekela.
Today, Lemongrass is mainly cultivated in temperate Asia (China, Taiwan), North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco), Cyprus, Central Africa (Gabon) and South America: Caribbean, Mesoamerica (Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, etc.), as well as Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia etc.
CHARACTERISTICS OF LEMONGRASS
Name: Cymbopogon citratus
Species: herbaceous plant
A herbaceous plant with long straight leaves, Lemongrass is a perennial plant.
Its rhizomes, underground stems, are blue-green in colour and have sharp edges. Its leaves have branch-shaped stalks, which can measure from 90 cm to 2 metres. The stem of this plant is hollow and narrow. If we can think that Lemongrass is the cousin of Lemon, we must know that it has in common with this citrus fruit only the smell it gives off when its leaves are crumpled and the taste is sour and fresh. We like to give other names to the Lemongrass: the "Lemongrass Verbena", the "Lemongrass Balm", or the "Lemongrass Aurone". These nicknames are not actually related to Verbena or Balm and these different plants should not be confused. They sometimes bear this name to remind us of their fragrance similar to that of Lemon, depending on the species.
Lemongrass can be planted at home. It needs a neutral, well-drained soil and requires significant exposure to the sun to develop properly. It has difficulty tolerating the cold.
USES OF LEMONGRASS
Lemongrass is mainly used in phytotherapy, cooking and cosmetics. The leaves of the plant, once chopped and distilled, produce a precious essential oil for joint comfort. It is said to soothe the skin (in case of insect bites for example) and has purifying properties (diffusing it into the house can help to purify the ambient air).
Lemongrass is a plant that can be infused. About fifteen fresh leaves per litre of water are necessary for the decoction of Lemongrass. Its leaves can also be consumed as a cold infusion, for a drink full of freshness.
Some civilizations have long used Lemongrass to keep mosquitoes away (by planting it in front of their homes), it is now found in mosquito repellent compositions or in "homemade" recipes that are applied directly to the skin. Burning dried Lemongrass leaves and rubbing them on your skin is a very effective mosquito repellent recipe. Lemongrass is also known to drive other animals away: cats. It is said that spraying Lemongrass juice on a piece of furniture or a place where you don't want your cat to move in is very effective in scaring him away.
In the culinary arts, Lemongrass is used either fresh, frozen, powdered or canned. It is obviously preferable to use it fresh, it is in this form that it has the most taste and that it spreads its flavours as much as possible. Lemongrass has a slightly tangy taste similar to that of Lemon. It gives pep and a lot of freshness to the dishes it goes with. It is often found with seafood such as shrimp, which it delicately spices up. It also goes very well with white meats and Asian spices or ingredients: chicken with coconut milk, ginger, Lemongrass and pineapple or shrimp soup with Lemongrass... This plant allows you to create very original and mouth-watering recipes! It is often found in Asian cuisine and especially in Thai cuisine.
In cosmetics, Lemongrass essential oil is used for the preparation of anti-cellulite lotions, deodorants, sanitizing creams and gels, etc. It is also used for its draining and slimming properties. Taking a Lemongrass cure once or twice a year can help you feel lighter. The plant helps to "cleanse" the body and get rid of toxins and waste products from the body.
BENEFITS OF LEMONGRASS
Citrals and myrcene are among the components of Lemongrass and explain its many virtues. Lemongrass is a plant known to fight against flu-like conditions, facilitate digestion and favour sleep. It is also stimulating and can help with weight loss.
A true medicinal plant, Lemongrass is known to alleviate digestive problems, stress and even diabetes. It is also said to treat joint and muscle pain. It can soothe sprains, relieve tendonitis and muscle elongation.
Find Lemongrass in several Pagès organic products. The "Detox" organic herbal infusion with Raspberry Leaf, Lime and Lemongrass is a gourmet and beneficial recipe. The "Detox" organic herbal infusion is a blend of Rosemary, Apricot and Lemongrass. This original and soft cocktail is ideal for draining the body and doing yourself good. The organic "Figure" Pagès herbal infusion with Lemongrass, Green Tea, Mango and Cherry has many benefits. It is the perfect ally to complement a diet.
You can also find these products in bulk form in our wellness infusion cases and in our basket made up of Pagès herbal infusions.