Scientific Name: Cymbopogon flexosus
Slip Size: 6 to 9 inches
Slip Colour: Green
Varieties available: Krishna, Neema, Pragati, Cauvery
Usage: For propagation
Slip Packing: In plastic net bags or as per buyer’s requirement
Slip availability: Throughout the year
Botanical Name: Cymbopogon flexosus
English Name: Barbed wire grass, Fever grass, Cochin grass, Malabar grass, Ginger Grass
Hindi Name: Nimboo ghas, Gandhatrina, Jarakus
Propagation: By rooted slips
Leaves & Oil: Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidant, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-stress, Anti-convulsion, Anti-cancer, Germicidal, Insecticidal, Analgesic, Astringent.
Lemongrass is a perennial plant with thin and long leaves and it is indigenous to India and grows in many parts of tropical and sub-tropical Africa and South-East Asia. Lemongrass is one of the commercially cultivated aromatic crops in India. Lemongrass oil is distilled from its leaves and flowering tops.
The oil has strong lemon like smell due to high % of citral in the oil. This citral smell of oil makes its use in herbal products, detergents, scenting soaps, and insect repellent making, perfumery, cosmetics and beverages. The plants are hardy and grow under a variety of conditions.
The most ideal conditions are a warm and humid climate with plenty of sunshine and rainfall of 250-280 cm per annum, uniformly distributed. Regarding the soil, it can be grown from poor soils, in the hill slopes. Soil pH ranging from 4.5 to 7.5 is ideal. As it has good soil binding nature, they can be grown as vegetative cover over naked eroded slopes.
Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion.
It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent. Some people apply lemongrass and its essential oil directly to the skin for headache, stomachache, abdominal pain, and muscle pain. By inhalation, the essential oil of lemongrass is used as aromatherapy for muscle pain. Lemongrass oil is used in aromatherapy in muscle pain.
In food and beverages, lemongrass is used as a flavoring. For example, lemongrass leaves are commonly used as “lemon” flavoring in herbal teas. It is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. In manufacturing, lemongrass is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Lemongrass is also used in making vitamin A and natural citral.