Lemongrass, or Cymbopogon, is a perennial herb of tropical origin, and member of the grass family. It grows a beautiful fountain of smooth, arching leaves that can reach up to 5ft. Lemongrass gets its name from its distinct lemon-like taste and smell. Its stems are commonly used for cooking and the herbs essential oil is a popular natural medicine. Lemongrass is believed to have many health benefits, and can be a very advantageous addition to your garden, read ahead to find out 5 reasons why.
1. Repel unwanted pests
Lemongrass can be a great companion plants due to the citronella in the herb that helps to repel un-welcome insects. It drives away mosquitos, stable flies, aphids and white flies, helping to protect you, and your garden.
2. Add it to your meals
Lemongrass can be incorporated into your cooking in many ways. Young shoots can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Leaves can be placed directly in dishes and removed before consumption to add flavour, or can be brewed to make a tea with a long list of health benefits.
3. Harvest for health benefits
Lemongrass is a very popular natural medicine. Tea brewed from its leaves is believed to help treat digestive issues, joint pains, relieve headaches, lower blood pressure and detoxify the body. Its essential oil helps to promote relaxation, and is thought to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
4. Space efficient
Due to its warmer origins, lemongrass is not a fan of frosts or cold weather, making it a great addition to your container or herb garden, so it can be easily moved. It can be grown indoors or outside, as long as it is exposed to plenty of light, kept warm and is well drained. Lemongrass can be an excellent companion plant alongside other herbs such as thyme, marjoram or oregano in a container herb garden.
5. Enjoy its fragrance
Whether you are growing your lemongrass inside or out, it releases a very pleasant, relaxing aroma that will enhance any living space. Place or plant lemongrass close to seating areas to enjoy its fresh, citrus scent.