Lemongrass (Bhutrin)


Lemongrass Scientific Name


Lemongrass Other Names

English: Lemon grass
French: Citronelle
Chinese: Xiang Mao
Hindi: Gandhatrina
Sanskrit: Bhutrin

What is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass or Bhutrin (in Sanskrit) is native to India, Sri lanka and South- East Asia. It is grown naturally in tropical grassland and is cultivated extensively throughout tropical Asia. This fragrant herb is widely used in Asian foods as a flavoring agent and also consists of many health benefits.
In Ayurveda, particularly, Lemongrass is found to maintain blood cholesterol levels by decreasing bad cholesterol. It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help in managing blood pressure levels. External application of Lemongrass oil is beneficial to provide relief from pain and swelling. Lemongrass decoction or tea with honey is found to ease nasal and chest congestion caused by cough and cold and relieves associated headache and fever.

Common forms of Lemongrass

Fresh stalks, Powder, Capsule, Oil and Tea

Lemongrass is commonly used for:

  • Managing high cholesterol
  • Colds and Flu
  • Managing hypertension
  • Managing Diabetes mellitus
  • Treating cough and cold
  • Treating rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reducing headache, swelling, and fungal infections

Lemongrass Dosage

Powder: ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day
Capsule: 1-2 capsule twice a day
Tea: 1 or 2 times a day
Oil: 2-5 drops a day or as prescribed by the doctor

Lemongrass Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not Known.
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant Women: Recommended to consult physician before use or avoid as it is linked to menstrual bleeding and miscarriage.
Children: Not Known.

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Chinmayi Kulkarni

Chinmayi is a Nutritionist turned Marketer, with Masters in both Marketing and Nutrition. Her focus is to combine her knowledge to understand and evangelize Ayurveda.

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